Everyone knows that using coupons can help you save at the grocery store, but many people actually spend more because of those coupons. They cut coupons for ingredients or products they want to try or think they might need and wind up spending more than ever just to save a few dollars. Other methods that some swear by may leave you without the groceries that you need or with products that you don’t like. If you want to shop smart and save money, check out a few ways to save at the store.
Shop and Plan Around Ads
Grocery stores place weekly ad circulars in newspapers every Sunday. Checking out those ads before you shop can help you save a bundle. Instead of planning your meals and snacks before you reach the store, check the ads to see which ingredients are on sale. Plan your meals around the items that you can get for less. Going over the ads and basing meals around the ingredients that are cheapest that week can help you save a bundle.
Look Outside Your Comfort Zone
Stores today use different methods to appeal to different types of shoppers. That is why you see the most sugary snacks and cereals on lower shelves. While adults have a hard time seeing those products, those shelves are eye level with the kids in their carts. If you’re like most shoppers, you probably hit the same aisles, follow the same path and even check the same shelves every time you shop. Looking outside your comfort zone, including going down a new aisle and checking the shelves above and below where you typically shop, can help you save.
Buy Only What You Can Carry
The inventor of grocery carts created those carts as a way to get shoppers to spend more money. He noticed that customers would stop shopping as soon as the baskets they carried grew too heavy. Many people using carts feel tempted to fill those carts or add more items than they need. Instead of using a cart, bring along your own reusable shopping bag. Many stores now sell canvas bags with logo near the front of the shop. Buy only the number of products that you can fit inside one or two of those bags. With these shopping tips, you can save more than ever at the grocery store.