Most of us dread going to the grocery store. We may even make a list to help keep us from wandering the isles, glancing at the new items being stocked on shelves. However, it never fails that when we arrive at the checkout line, we are shocked at the total. Now some of this is due to the current state of inflation that we are experiencing; but it doesn't attribute to all. Here are the quickest ways to save money at the grocery store:
• Price Compare at Different Stores
If you live near various grocery stores, consider visiting a few to compare prices. This way you can learn which stores offer the best deal on the items you need and look for sales that they run. If it isn't too much of a hassle, try shopping at two grocery stores instead of one to optimize your savings.
• Buy Generic Brands
Did you know that grocery stores specifically stock the brand name, costly items at eye level? By doing this, you are more tempted to spend money on the higher priced, name brand item. If you look at either the top or lower-level shelves, you will find the generic brand items that taste just as good at a more affordable price. The next time you find yourself at the grocery store, remember to look on the top and bottom shelves so you won't be tricked into buying costly items.
• Plan Your Meals Out Before You Go
• Go In with a List and Stick to It
If you go into the supermarket without a list, it can be dangerous. Even if you are prepared with a list, it often can be difficult to stick to if you are shopping with kids or on an empty stomach. The next time you go, make sure you have your list and are ready to stick to it! You may also want to eat before or leave the kids at home to avoid any spur-of-the-moment surprises.
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