People overspend on groceries all the time. They buy things they don't need and ignore anything on sale that isn't their regular brand. It is all very unnecessary when with just a little bit of prior planning they can not only save money, but improve the quality of what they buy. In this article, we're looking at ways to save money when you hit the shops for your groceries.
All At Once
Write a list what you need over a certain time period, such as a week or a month, and go to the supermarket and buy it all in one go. That way you won't be making so many impulse buys than if you would be if you went to the supermarket more regularly.
Buy in Bulk
The other advantage of buying all your groceries at once is that you can buy in bulk. Supermarkets often offer groceries on deals such as buy one get one free or buy two and get second half price. Take advantage of it. If it's a perishable item such as bread, you could buy it and put some of it in the freezer for a later date.
The Supermarket Card
Most big supermarkets have their own card that gives you points for every item you buy. Once you have enough points you can use those points to get discounts on items.
You may like a certain brand, or you may just have the habit of buying a certain brand, but why buy it if another brand is on offer for a lot less? Unless you are sure your brand does the job three or four times better, there is probably no point in buying it at all.
Buy Vegetables at the Market
One of the cheapest and best places to buy vegetables is at the market. Usually you can buy a lot more for a lot less and a lot fresher. Sometimes you can get things on huge discounts if you go towards the end of the day.
Find grocery coupons in newspapers and magazines and cut them out. Of course it is ideal if you find them for the supermarket you usually go to, but if you find great deals elsewhere you should consider going to that store as well.
You can usually get the best deals after a major holiday such as summer, Easter or Christmas. For example chocolate is a lot cheaper in the days after Easter than it is at any other time of the year. Supermarkets are also likely to have their best deals during the first week of the month. You can even find great deals at certain times of the day. Supermarkets tend to drop price on selected items – usually perishable ones - a few hours before they close.
You'll have to pay a membership each year, but on the long term it is a lot cheaper than going to a normal supermarket.