Short on funds and in need basic necessities like food and toiletries? Here are a few quick tips to help you in your search for cheap grocery shopping
1) Buy bulk – for the majority of mass-produced household products, the unit price per product goes down if you buy a package of multiple products, thus buying a 20-pack of sodas is cheaper than buying one per unit because it was less costly for the company to package 20 than one.
2) Make a list – making a list helps with avoiding impulse purchases and also making sure that you don’t stray from your set cost goals. Devising a list will also aid with shorter shopping trips and less temptation to add to the list. Having a clear and defined goal is integral to a successful shopping trip.
3) Don’t buy anything that is not on the list – this is important especially with household shopping since impulse purchases harm family finances and not just your own if you shop for the family
4) Plan your menu carefully – planning a weekly menu is key to purchasing perishable goods like meat and eggs that expire quickly and become cheaper when nearer the expiration date. This also allows you to serve up dinner quickly and schedule better!
5) Only use coupons on products that you need – many coupons are for products that you do not need and only encourage you to spend more money than you save, so only use coupons for products that you need to buy and give those pesky useless coupons to friends and family! Check out coupons at sites such as Voucher Codes King
6) Buy private labels – most stores will discount the price of a good if it is labeled with their brand since they want to reward customers who shop for the store’s brand and many of the private label items cost less to process than other company labels, which affects the total price of the item
7) Only buy fresh produce on sale – fresh produce is not treated nor does it have additional pesticides that increase the cost to produce the vegetables and a fruit, which, in turn, affects the price of the fresh produce itself!
8) Only seasonal products – buying products during harvest time is much cheaper since there is greater quantity of produce and many companies rush to compete for low pricing in order to clear their stock quickly and stoke demand
9) Buy meat on sale because the due date is near – as the meat gets closer to its expiration date, it becomes better and cheaper! Stores are in a rush to sell soon-to-be expired meat and thus decrease prices to stimulate consumer demand!
10) Only buy from your nearest grocery store so that you can observe price fluctuations – familiarizing yourself with the grocery store you shop at the most helps identify monthly cost patterns that could affect all of your purchases significantly because many stores have large quantities of products moving in and out and many stores raise and lower prices on different products in order to compete with other stores.