How to Save Money at the Grocery Store (Beyond Coupons)
Whether we’re facing economic turmoil or not, we can all learn from these pointers.
By Dana Loesch of Mamalogues
1. Do Not Shop Hungry
Otherwise the supermarket looks like a giant smörgåsbord and it’s harder to maintain your focus. I once walked off with two giant canisters of beef jerky for this reason.
2. Plan in Advance
It’s a chore, but if you can, sit down and make a list of the entire week’s menu (including snacks) and the ingredients required – and stick to the list. You save money by avoiding spontaneous purchases (beef jerky again) and you won’t have to waste time later wondering what to make for dinner.
3. Reuse Grocery Lists
This sounds utterly anal-retentive, but you’ll benefit, believe me. I store all of my grocery lists in a binder and rotate them week after week. Doing this keeps me from relying too much on redundant standbys. It also enables me to make notes by each item, like the best store at which to buy a product along with the most inexpensive and best brand.
4. Don’t Be a Brand Snob
There is no shame in buying Fruity-Ohs. You will not die if you have to drink Mountain Holler instead of Mountain Dew.
5. Spice it Up
Vary where you shop. For instance, organic dry goods are cheaper at Target than Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and most supermarkets. You can visit your local farmer’s market and usually get local, organic produce at a fraction of the supermarkets’ cost.