It may not seem easy at first glance, but saving money when you’re grocery shopping can be a simple task. This includes discipline and self-conscience, but these tips might do the trick.
Supermarkets were designed to make you buy more than what you need. They mostly don’t have any windows so you’ll lose track of time; they keep rearranging their shelves so you have to walk through every aisle looking for what’s on your list. Of course, you end up spending more than what you’d originally planned…
Don’t be afraid! Realizing that you’re buying over your original budget is the first step into changing this behavior. Saving money can be easier once you’ve implemented these tips:
1. Set up a budget
A weekly or monthly budget can help you see groceries differently. Something that catches your eye can be easily ruled out if it’s out of the planned amount to spend. It’s important to set a reasonable budget that you can follow when you’re shopping.
2. Shop with peace
When you’re in a hurry or when there are a lot of people in the store, the first response is usually to buy whatever’s close to the exit and get it done as fast as you can. However, this is extremely hard on your wallet. This is why you should save some time of your week or month and shop without any external pressures. That includes going when the place isn’t too crowded.
3. Buy only what’s on the list
Every store is filled with temptations of extra products to buy. Walking through the candy aisle can be irresistible for some people, but you should stick to your list! Trust that you’re buying what you need and don’t even blink when there’s an item on sale that you weren’t even close to buying in the first place. Remember that it’s still costing you money, even if it’s a BOGO!
4. Write down what you’ve spent
Once you’ve finished shopping you should grab the purchase receipt and take a closer look at what you’ve bought. This will help you keep track of what you’re spending your money on, as well as how much money you’ve got left.