Today I’d like to share my tips for grocery shopping on a budget. These are the tricks I’ve been using for years to help me keep my weekly grocery bill low.
- Always make a list. Planning ahead and sticking to your list ensures that you don’t get tempted by everything in the store. When I decide what I’m going to make for the week I always check what’s on sale and try to plan my recipes around those items which also saves dollars. An added bonus is that making a list saves me time once I’m actually in the store so that I just get exactly what I need and get out rather than aimlessly wondering around the store.
- Shop the perimeter of the store. Most grocery stores are set up to have produce and meats around the outside and packaged/processed foods in the middle. Sticking to primarily buying fruits, vegetables, and meat has saved me a ton of money over the years. Not only is produce typically cheaper but you can buy exactly how much you actually need whereas a lot of packaged foods are larger and can be wasted.
- Never shop hungry. This might seem silly but this one is huge! Always try to plan your grocery store trips for a time after you’ve just eaten a meal or snack. If you’re hungry while shopping you’re more inclined to start picking up random stuff that you don’t really need so always go with something in your stomach.
I hope you find these tricks useful the next time you make a grocery run!