How much are you overpaying for your groceries?
Whether we like it or not, keeping our kitchen stocked is a costly, and time-consuming job. Whenever we come back from the grocery store, we always feel like we could save money on groceries. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few simple tricks, you can cut your grocery bill without compromise.
Read on to learn our three unique ideas that will keep you well-fed and save you money.
1. Become a Morning Shopper
For most of us, getting up and heading to the grocery store isn’t the way we want to start our day. But it could be the best way to save money on groceries.
The worst thing you can do is shop for groceries when you are hungry or tired. You’ll be far more susceptible to marketing in the evening. Shopping after work is the fastest way to end up buying easier, more expensive, groceries.
By shopping first thing in the morning you will be fresh and clear-headed. This also allows you to plan your trip, so you can make the most of any supermarket coupons and plan out a monthly grocery list.
2. Stick to Cash
When we get groceries, it is easy to get carried away and buy things we don’t need. We’ve all gone in to buy milk and been tempted by icecream from time to time…
The best way to control our spending habits is to set a budget, and then pay only in cash. It is much easier to focus on the essentials when you can see your remaining budget disappearing. You’ll be more inclined to add up your items as you shop and think about your more extravagant purchases.
The real payoff for this is that you don’t set any other rules. If you can find cheap groceries and save a bit here and there, you are free to get the little extras. It isn’t about limiting yourself but making sure you weigh up your options and shop smart.
3. Grow Your Own Veg
Buying your vegetables at the grocery store isn’t the only way to get them. Have you ever considered growing your own?
Not only is growing your own groceries a great way to cut down your grocery bills, but it’s also great for the environment and enjoyable. To save the most money, plant vegetables that are expensive to buy and don’t take a lot of work to prepare. By prioritizing these, you can buy your cheap staple foods at the grocery store, and enjoy high-cost items for free!
Even if you don’t have a yard big enough for planting, you may have other options. Look here for details on turning your roof into the vegetable garden of your dreams.
Save Money on Groceries
So there you have it. By following any one or all of these creative grocery shopping hacks should see you starting to save money on groceries in no time. The most important thing is to plan and think through your purchases. Avoiding impulse buys will make the biggest difference to your budget.
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