The amount displayed at the supermarket checkout is shocking…
“I only got what was on my shopping list,” you say.
Let’s be honest. I went to the store before to get some things that were on my list. While in the store other ingredients came to my mind and I wondered if I still have enough of them at home. I bought another can of tomatoes — maybe even four of them because they were on sale. Then, at the checkout, I paid by credit card instead of using the cash I brought along. One way to spend more than expected…
There are people who are able to go to the store and pick up whatever they want — price no being an issue for them. But most of us do not have that kind of freedom. Creating a shopping list is good, buying only the items on it even better. We need a plan on how and where to spend our money.
Save money each month by cutting your grocery bill!
1 Shop less often. Don’t go to the store just to get a few things. You’ll end up bringing home more than you have planned to do. Do weekly or bi-weekly shopping trips.
2 Don’t buy prepared food packages. It’s tempting, I know. Remember they are often about 50% more expensive! Yes, it does take time to peel and cut the veggies but think of the money you’ll save!
3 Cut down on meat. Find alternatives for meat (e. g. try burgers made of legumes) or just have a/some meat-free day/s per week.
4 A bigger unit or buying in bulk isn’t always cheaper. Don’t go by what you see or read in front of you. Double-check for yourself if the bulk/bigger unit is really cheaper (bring a calculator along).
5 Pay cash. If you’ll take your credit card along you are tempted to add more groceries (and/or other items) into your cart. Yes, it’ll take self-discipline and you’ll need to know how much money you are going to spend beforehand.
Which leads me to my next point:
6 Know how much you will spend. Calculate the total before going to the store. You will need to know the price of the items, of course. Start/Keep a shopping price list.
Keeping a price list is also a tremendous help in planning a menu-on-the-budget. Which is my final point:
7 The Menu plan: The best assistant to help you cut the grocery bill. Need ideas on that one? Watch this space — I’ll show you in one of my next posts.