In Part 2, I’m going over how I personally save time and money while doing my weekly grocery shopping. Remember last week we left off on how to create a weekly meal plan and corresponding grocery list.
Grab your grocery list and let’s start by checking the sales ad of the store you will be shopping (if they have one). I like to know ahead of time if I can save money on buying a brand that is on sale instead of another. Beware; even when a name brand is on sale, the store brand is still cheaper! This isn’t always the case but 90% of the time it is. If you are coupon clipper, this is the time to look through those. Another money saving tip…just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you need to buy it! If you don’t have an immediate need for it then leave it be. This not only saves money because you are not buying waste but also saves you precious space in your cabinets and pantry.
Some people check sales at different stores and have an amazing coupon system that saves them even more money. These are talented women because that is a true art in my opinion. I can safely tell you all that I am not that woman. You’ll have to check out different blogs for tips on that. I know I have! 😉
Now it is time to go shopping!!
Tip one is to rewrite your list to match the path you take in the store. Obviously this only works if you know the store well. I have been shopping at the same store for a few years now, so I know it like my own kitchen. Doing this really saves me time from having to do unnecessary backtracking. Especially when I have my toddler in tow!
My second tip for you all is to have a budget in mind. Knowing how much you can spend on this grocery trip will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Tip three is to keep track of what you are spending as you shop. This will help keep you on budget. As I put items in the cart, I write down its cost next to its name of the grocery list. If it’s on sale then write the sale price. You can either add it all up as you get close to the end or just add the prices as you go. I use the calculator on my cell phone. Don’t forget to calculate tax into your total (I do this at my final calculation). When I get through my list and find I am within budget, then I may go back and pick up an item I wanted but wasn’t on the list.
You’re done shopping! Make sure you give the cashier your membership/discount card (if the store has one) and coupons.
I hope these tips help save you time and money when you go grocery shopping, like they have me. Feel free to leave a comment letting us know your tricks to saving time and money while grocery shopping.
Stay tuned next week for the final part of this Saving Time and Money series!
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