The Budget Crunch – Smart Grocery Shopping
These days, money certainly doesn’t grow on trees. Whether you’re a starving college student eating nothing but noodles or a parent with several kids, the problem is the same. How do you stretch your money and still get the groceries that you want or need? Here are some quick tips that could help.
Many people think that coupons are a thing of the past, but they aren’t. You can still get coupons in your paper. Also, though, there are now plenty of coupons that you can print from your computer. When you use coupons, try to keep them organized by date and product type. That will help you to shop smarter and faster.
Beware The Sale:
Sales are wonderful things, if they actually are sales. Often, though, grocery stores will post ads for great deals that you may think are sales. Actually, the item may always be that price and the company is just highlighting it that week. So, make sure that a sale is actually a bargain, before you buy.
The Brand Name Buzz:
Foods don’t have to be a brand name to be good. Often times, the store brand will be cheaper and taste the same or better. So, experiment with cheaper brands and you may be able to find budget-friendly substitutes.
Some foods spoil quickly, but others keep for a long time. If you have space, stock up on non-perishable items when there’s a sale. It can save you a lot of money and a lot of time, too.
Some people will go to one store for some groceries and then drive across town for others, just to save a few cents. That can actually be a waste of both time and gas money, though. Ask yourself if the sale is good enough to be worth it. If not, do all your shopping in one place that week.
By following those simple steps, you can be well on your way to eating better meals. Yet, you’ll still be a smart shopper who knows how to make the most of their money.