Creative Grocery Shopping Tips
Feeding yourself and your family is the most important thing you must do. Without food we won’t survive, but at the same time if you don’t have the money you won’t have the ability to buy the food you need. When you are creative with your money you’ll find you’ll have more food in your refrigerator and cupboards. You’ll have enough food to feed your family and if you do it right, you’ll have extra’s just in case something comes up. Here are a few tips to help you to have enough money to put food on your table every day no matter what you have going on.
Coupons are a great way to save money at the grocery store. If you use them correctly there are times you can get things for free or for really cheap. You can use coupons in conjunction with items that are on sale or you can stack store coupons and manufacturer’s coupons to make for a better price. There are coupons in the Sunday paper, you can print coupons from websites like coupons.com or smartsource.com, or you can use mobile coupons. The best thing to do is create your grocery list and then look for coupons for the items you’re purchasing.
2. Buying in Bulk
More times than not, buying in bulk is cheaper than buying smaller quantities. The more you buy the cheaper things are when you think of it in terms of the quantity you’re receiving. An example would be a box of granola bars with a count of 5 or a count of 12. You’ll pay more up front, but the price per granola bar will be cheaper. You have to be careful with the items you buy in bulk when it comes to items that expire. You don’t want to spend the money on the item and have it go bad before you’re able to eat it all.
Stockpiles are good to have because they allow you to not purchase those items on a weekly or monthly basis. Items like shampoo, deodorant, canned goods, and juice are things you can stockpile on when the price is right and be ok with them expiring. Items like cereal, chips, and freezer items should be bought in quantities you know you’ll be able to eat before the expiration date. The dollar amount you pay will help you decide if it’s time to stockpile. It also depends on the space you have and the item. While there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to that amount it’s a good idea to not stockpile if you can’t get the item for half off or more.
When you find creative ways to save money you’ll be able to always have plenty of food on the table for yourself and your family. You won’t have to worry about paying full price for the items you’re purchasing. You’ll also find when you buy in bulk and stockpile you’ll have the ability to purchase other items and not worry about how you’re going to pay for everything at once.