Grocery shopping helps
Did you know the average American spends $5.00 for every minute they are in a grocery store? Did you know that 2 out of 3 items in your cart are impulse buys?
I watched a movie in my cooking class a while back that really inspired me to not go to the grocery store hungry!… and with kids. It made me sick thinking that I spent that much on things that we really could do without. So I am trying to do things differently now. Here are some tips that I gleaned from the class
- Make a weekly shopping plan- take ONLY the amount of money you will spend on one week’s worth
- Check newspaper ads – buy staple items on sale and stock up
- check your inventory- LOOK in your fridge before you go to the store. I cannot tell you how many times I have come home and realized I already had what I bought.
- Kids- shop when they are rested, when the store is less crowded, let them add one item to the cart – in my opinion, don’t go with your child if you can manage it. You need to pay attention to prices and labels. You can’t do that AND keep a kid in the cart (or 2 for that matter).
- Coupons- use the for food WHEN the price is right
- Know the store layout – it will help you make your list in order that you go through the store. this will save you time and money
- Be aware of marketing techniques- end of aisle displays aren’t always good deals
- EAT BEFORE YOU SHOP!!!
- Limit convenience foods- they are ALWAYS higher prices
- Read the labels
- Ingredients- are always listed largest quantity to smallest… watch that sugar!
- Check dates for freshness- you don’t even want to know about expired meat being repackaged! YUCK!
- Eat meat less often- use beans and lentils if you can
- Choose brown or enriched rice… they are healthier for you
- Plan meals around specials
- Make a LIST!!!
- Know your prices- why you shouldn’t take your kids shopping
- Be sure to check the scanner for pricing errors – check your receipts before you leave the store
- Use unit pricing
- Try store brands – they may taste better than you expect
- Buy fruit and veggies in season
- Start a garden at home
Hope these tips help you in your next shopping experience!!!