It can be incredibly easy to get a little carried away while out doing your weekly grocery shopping. With so many special offers, red sale signs and reduced prices to tempt shoppers up and down each aisle in the supermarket, the likelihood of overspending on products that we don’t really need is extremely high. According to the Daily Mail UK families spend in excess of £85 a week on food shopping. Larger families are likely to spend even more, so whether you are shopping for one or for many, knowing a few saving secrets will help you to reduce the costs of your weekly shopping trip.
Grocery Shopping Online
Many big supermarkets such as Tesco now offer customers the choice to shop for their groceries online. This usually comes with delivery right to your front door. You can often save money from shopping online as it much easier to compare prices and to benefit from special online offers.
Simply planning your meals ahead of time will make a huge impact on your shopping experience. Having a set plan and budget will help you to stick to your restrictions and reduce the chances of making unnecessary and impulse purchases.
Buy Generic Products
If you want to save money on your shopping bill then it may be worth considering switching a few of the more expensive brands you usually buy for something a lot cheaper. Store brands tend to be the cheapest option on the shelves and they are worth it when purchasing canned goods and other more basic items such as sugar and butter etc.
If you want to avoid making impulse purchases then you’d better shop alone. If you take the whole family with you then every member will probably ask for something different which will lead to you spending a lot more money than you had initially planned. Shop alone and leave the kids at home.
Explore your Kitchen
Search through your fridge, freezer and kitchen cupboards to give yourself a clearer idea of what you need to buy at the store and what you don’t. Try your best to use all of the food that you already have in your home, this will save money and will mean that less food is going to waste.
Don’t Shop Hungry
It is a well-known fact that if you go shopping whilst hungry you will end up buying a lot more food than you can eat. Have a meal before you go to the store because shopping on an empty stomach will just lead to an empty wallet.
Watch Items being scanned
It can be easy for the cashier to make a mistake at the till which is why it is a good idea to keep an eye on the items that are scanned through the system. According to www.moneycrashers.com it is important to check your receipt before leaving the store so that you can have any errors fixed immediately.
As you read through your favourite newspaper or magazine, cut out the coupons and vouchers as you go. These can come in handy and despite the savings usually being quite small, you could end up saving a lot of money in the long run.
What would you add to this list?