6 Money Saving Hacks to Use at the Grocery Store

With the economy still groping for form most people have to hack their way to save money each time they go to the grocery. Squeezing more from your buck is a way for most people to make ends meet. With a little practice and patience anybody can become a savings pro. Remember that as you hack your way to save money; retailers are also cooking a counterstrike as well. Here are some “legitimate” tips that you can use to get the best deals from your local grocery store.

Track the prices of things you normally buy

Make a list of the things that you normally buy. Include the information about prices of your regular commodities. For example, if your favorite butter is usually sold at $3 suddenly is on sale for $1, it tells you to stock up. Don’t let fancy sale flyers fool you. You usually end up buying things on sale which you don’t actually need. A sweet deal comes when something that you really use regularly is being sold on sale.

Grocery lists are so important

There is nothing more important than making grocery lists. The list will give you more control on your spending. It also avoids making frequent trips to the grocery. You will be amazed on the amount of money you will save from a grocery list. Now who says that a piece of paper has no power to cut down your spending?

Plan your meals on what are on sale

Planning your meals around the items on sale will make your purchases necessary and relevant. It is no secret that groceries put the slow-moving groceries up front to entice customers. Craft a meal plan around these items for sale to take advantage of the potential savings.

Buy produce that are in season

While you can buy fruits and vegetables all year round; it makes sense to buy those which are in season. Produce that are in season are generally cheaper than those that are being sold off-season. Off-season produce are mostly imported from abroad. The additional cost of shipping and customs duty make the prices expensive. It makes sense to buy locally-grown food. Not only it is cheaper but also helps the local farmers.

Use coupons

Using coupons is the greatest hack you can do to lower your grocery bills. But before you head to the nearest grocery with tons of coupons, take a look at the offers. Ask yourself if you really need the items on the coupon. Don’t waste money on something that is virtually worthless to you.

Learn to buy big

It is prudent to check the price per unit to save some money. Contrary to popular belief, there is a possibility that buying two small containers can be cheaper than buying the bigger container. Avoid being duped into buying the larger container when you can have better value by getting two small ones.

This was a guest post written by Ashlee H.  She is a writer on the website How Much Is It — A website that can help consumers find out what things cost.

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