Grocery shopping can be a frustrating experience. Prices keep going up, with no sign of stopping. It can seem impossible to find a good deal.
Instead of wasting hours in the store looking at prices, read this short book and you’ll know how to get things done more quickly and efficiently. Grocery shopping doesn’t need to be complicated. You can get it done without breaking a sweat or losing your mind.
There are grocery secrets that those in the know, including store owners, cashiers and frequent shoppers, have shared. You won’t need to go searching for them because I’ve laid them out for you in this book. I’ll show you what to do before, during and after grocery store visits to get the most for your money.
1. Know Your Store’s Policies
Grocery stores all have different policies, so it’s important to know what they are at the places where you shop. You should know how the store deals with coupons, rainchecks, returns and other policies that are likely to affect your shopping trips. These policies do change, so be sure to stay up to date with them.
2. Get Your Store’s Fliers by Mail or Online
Make sure you read your grocery store’s weekly flier. The major store chains offer these online, but if yours does not or you prefer paper, you can also request to receive them by mail. Be sure to check the date on fliers you get in the mail, especially if you have a less than great post office, because they might come late. You don’t want to go to the store thinking you’re getting better prices than you are.
3. Shop For Flier Front Page “Loss Leaders”
Loss leaders are goods sold below cost price. Stores use them to get people inside, assuming that they will make up for the money lost if shoppers buy full price items. This is just an assumption, though: you don’t have to pay full price for anything, so you can get a great deal on items, especially if you plan carefully and use coupons.
4. Keep A Price Book
You should keep a price book to discover the best prices you pay for items you usually buy. Keep track of the lowest prices you find for items. Sales go in cycles and a good price will come back around – and if you keep track of dates, too, you’ll be able to predict when the best prices will come back again.
5. Use Coupon Databases To Match Up With Sales
There are multiple coupon databases online. They document every major coupon available, so you can check and see if any of the coupons match up to sales at your grocery store. Using coupons on sale items is the best way to save money at grocery stores.
6. Make A List Every Trip
It’s important to always have a shopping list before you go to the grocery store. Going without one means you’re likely to pick up things that aren’t on sale. Making a list, and ensuring that you stick to it, is an essential for saving money.
7. Buy Produce In-Season To Save Money
You save money when produce is in-season, simply because it’s more available and easier to get. Produce in general is often inexpensive, so it’s a good idea to buy more fruits and veggies than processed foods. You’ll save money and eat healthier.
8. Set A Budget
Setting a budget and sticking to it is as important as making a shopping list. It can be easy to accidentally go over your budget if you don’t pay attention to what you’re buying. Make sure to track your expenses and plan out shopping trips in advance. If you have significant issues with saving money, it’s a good idea to leave your cards at home and bring a set amount of cash. That way, you can’t possibly overspend.
9. Plan A Weekly Menu
Another thing to stick to besides lists and budgets is your weekly menu. If you don’t already plan ahead what to make for dinner, you should try it. You can plan your menu around sales and coupons you have, ensuring that you’re going to save money during the week.
10. Never Shop When Hungry
My mother taught me to never shop on an empty stomach, and she was right. You may not want to grocery shop if you’re stuffed, but at least have a snack before you go. Shopping while hungry means you’ll probably buy things you don’t need, that aren’t on your list and potentially cost more money. Don’t shop hungry and you’ll be more likely to stick to your list.
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