When you are set out to hist a savings goal, you try to find every way to shop on a budget. With these few tips, you can save on your grocery cost and still have amazing meals that feed the whole family.
Shop at home first & try to use what you already have
Shopping at home before heading to the store will help you have a better idea of things you need to restock in your pantry and the things you could hold off on buying a little longer. It can also give you a base to plan your meals around. For example, if you have a box of pasta and tomato sauce, you can make an entire meal and only have to buy the meat. Try this a few times, and you will notice a difference on your savings at the store.
Plan your meals ahead
Planning meals can be so beneficial for the sake of your time and money. You can sit down with your family and discuss what they would like to see on the “menu” and figure out everything you will need so you are not at the store trying to throw meals together. That’s how you over buy and come home with random things you really don’t need.
Make a list and stick to it
To go along with that, another helpful thing to do is make a list before you go to the store. A list will help you stay on track and can give you an idea of how much you will be spending. A list can also stop you from putting all the extra little things in the cart.
Compare the prices at the store
Once you’ve made your list and it’s time to go shopping, compare the prices at the store. Name brands are not always needed, in fact, many people prefer the store brand! It’s a good idea to branch out and try new products from new brands then, decipher what is best for you based on your preference.
Don’t go to the store hungry
The urge to impulse will be greatly increased when going to the store hungry. I am guilty of this myself and leave the with way too many unnecessary things in my shopping cart. Eat before making your trip, surprisingly, it could save you money.
It may take a little extra time to complete these tasks before making your weekly grocery run but you will notice a difference in your savings if you do so.