Going out to eat is a huge expense that will quickly add up throughout the month. What starts as little as grabbing coffee in the morning on the way to work, going out to lunch, or taking the family out to eat, could be in the hundreds of dollars every month. For a fraction of that, if you prepare your meals and snacks at home by going grocery shopping, you can watch the savings add up. Even buying a programmable coffee pot for around $25 you can set the timer to have your coffee finished brewing by the time you are ready to head out the door in the morning, with just enough time to fill your travel mug. To saving even further, look for a few extra tips on saving at the grocery store.
Coupons Still Relevant
While the newspaper subscriptions seem to be steadily decreasing, the days of piling up the sale papers and clipping coupons could be over relatively soon, but that doesn’t mean that coupons are a thing of the past. If you go on your grocer’s website, you can load digital coupons to your shopper’s reward card, so they will come off automatically at the register. You may have to print out the list though so you remember what items you added coupons for so you don’t forget to pick up the item.
Shop During the Week
You know by ever setting foot in a grocery store on a Saturday or Sunday that you’re lucky to find a parking spot, let alone be able to move quickly through the aisles, before getting stuck in a long checkout line. Since stores will always be packed on the weekend, why have any additional sales, so actually if you go during the week, even mid-week, you could find better deals, not to mention if you go after dinner during the week, you can zip in and out of the aisle without probably even seeing another person down the same aisle, which is nice.
Take Advantage of Fuel Rewards
In addition to the in-store sales that you can get with your shopper’s reward card such as “10 for $10” or buying a certain number of on sale products to earn additional savings, you can also earn fuel points by making sure you use your card at the register. While typically saving ten cents a gallon at the pump, if you use often and have the point built up, you could see significant savings at the pump, especially on the size of your gas tank it could make sense to always fill up with these fuel points savings.
Stick to a Shopping List
Either you’ve done it yourself or heard it for years, you go into the grocery store with items in mind, and you either missing the items you went in for in the first place, or grab the items, plus a cart full of groceries that you didn’t plan on buying in the first place. If you can make a list of everything you need before you leave the house, you’ll be in better shape going into the grocery store, especially if you can organize the list by section of the store, that way you can avoid going up and down each aisle and open yourself up to impulse purchases.
Never Leave the House Hungry
Speaking of impulse purchases, you know if you’ve ever left the house on an empty stomach everything looks good at the grocery store. If you shop with your stomach instead of your mind, you will load up on items you don’t need and spend more at the register, not to mention when you’re hungry the first thing you don’t want are healthy options, so by the time you get home you’ll fill your pantry will chips and cookies. If you can eat a full meal before you leave the house, you’ll do yourself a huge favor.
Shop the Perimeter
I heard this one time from somewhere, that if you stick to the perimeter of the store you will avoid unnecessary items. I guess the reasoning is that the fresh produce, meat, dairy, and frozen are typically around the perimeter of the store, so at least you could buy fresh items to prepare meals at home, and if you stay away from going up and down each aisle you can avoid stocking up on unhealthy items you will store for a rainy day, at which you will sit on the couch watching TV and snacking on items that you should avoid in the first place.