Tips & Tricks for Grocery Shopping in This Economy

March 30, 2011  |  

Wealthy or not, you must be smart about your grocery habits. Here are some quick tips for grocery shopping in this economy…

Have a budget & keep each item under $2
When you have a budget and stick with it, you won’t find yourself feeling guilty after grocery shopping. The best way to squeeze nicely into your budget is to ensure that the majority of your items costs $2 or less. Sure, you may have to exceed that individual price point for a few items, but if you have more items within that individual price point than not, you’ll find that you’re spending less and saving more.

Buy costly items outside of the grocery store
Not every grocery item needs to be bought in the grocery store. Ever notice how cereal costs about $5 in the grocery store, for example? Why not buy the same exact brand at the pharmacy, which frequently sells cereal at a two-for-one deal?

Bulk up on the snacks you would buy outside of the grocery store
That favorite snack you munch on the way to work? It costs you $3 per bag, especially if you live in a major metropolitan city. Instead of buying individual snacks from every vendor on the street all the time, why not buy them in bulk and place them in your work or travel bag before leaving the house? You’ll save a ton if you do!

Cook and store meals after you return from grocery shopping
When you return from grocery shopping, try to cook your meals for the week immediately, if you can. Pull out your week’s menu and start cooking and storing for easy access all week. Bake your healthy wheat and vegetable lasagna, so that you can grab a slice and go, any time you want. Prepare the majority of your dishes that don’t have to be cooked on the same day you eat them, and that way, you’ll have an effective measure of how much food you’re getting for the money you’ve spent at the grocery. Also, nothing will go to waste.

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