3 Tips to Improving Your Grocery Shopping Experience
To some people going to the grocery store is like a vacation. They look forward to it every week and can’t wait to bring home pile of groceries to feed their family and get the satisfaction of knowing that they paid less for all those products then their next-door neighbor. Other people look at going to the grocery store like a view going to the dentist. It is a necessary evil that must be performed to live day to day.
No matter what kind of shopper are you are you can still apply some basic principles to your shopping trip so that you can be a smarter shopper and save more money. We will review a few helpful tips that can help you on the road to becoming a smart shopper:
1. Always set a budget for your grocery trip – Nobody likes to shop on a budget but the simple fact is that if you don’t start your trip with a budget in mind you will most certainly spend more than you intended to. In addition, without a budget it is easy to buy brand-name products or specialty products that you would normally wouldn’t purchase and in fact don’t actually provide a better value than purchasing the generic product or the non-specialty product.
2. Cash is King – One of the best ways to enforce your budget is to take only cash to the grocery store. Without having the backup of a credit card or a line of credit you will force yourself to use your budget wisely. You will miss out on a few airline points, but more than likely the savings you receive by staying on budget will far exceed a plane ticket you can use in 5 years.
3. Stay away from the fast food and cook at home – Not only is fast food more expensive then preparing meals at home, they are almost always more fattening and contain more preservatives then home-cooked meals. By preparing your meals at home you get to know every ingredient that is put into your food and can control the quality and the caloric intake of the food you’re feeding your family. In addition, there is the added benefit of getting to spend quality time with your family around the dinner table, which studies have shown that this quality time with families has been diminishing over the last 20 years.
Following just one of the above tips can change the way you shop and save your family money at the grocery store. Next time you’re heading out, simply try one of the tips out and see if it doesn’t help you. My bet is that you’ll see exceptional savings.