Ever had a trip to the grocery and got back home asking yourself: what did I just buy?
A feeling of part guilt and part remorse gradually sinks in.
“I should not have bought these.”
“Oh I forgot, I still have a box of these.”
If you are this type of person, then you probably need to improve your grocery shopping skills to avoid overspending every time.
Here are some tips on how not to overspend:
Plan what to buy and buy what you planned
Have a list of items that you need to purchase and commit to that list. Write them on a piece of paper or in a notepad application in your phone, so that next time you go grocery shopping, you simply go over that list and tick off each item that is already in your shopping cart. When you’re done, pay the cashier, hit the exit and don’t look back. When you take too much time inside the store, the tendency is to keep looking for something else to add.
Fill your stomach first before heading for the grocery
When you are hungry while doing grocery shopping, every food you are going to see will look tasty. The tendency is that you would want to add more servings, buy 2 instead of 1, and… “why not I’m feeling particularly hungry right now, I want to eat more!”
Therefore, fill your stomach first (and eat at home instead of dining out!) before your shopping cart. You will thank your smart self for it.
Leave the kids at home
Admit it, most kids love to point at stuff and ask you to buy it for them. If you got shopaholic kids, kids who insist on pushing the shopping cart and the freedom to put in what they want, then better leave them at home. If they want something at the grocery, ask them what it is and you’ll buy it for them. Or better yet, start teaching them frugal ways as early as today so that you can take them to grocery shopping with you any time.
Look for bundled items on sale
These items are usually sold together with other items, or packed in bundles of 3s, or more. If you have a big family, it might be wise to go for larger packs or bottles of shampoos, soaps, and whatnot as some companies reward buying bigger items with additional savings. You are actually getting more than what you paid for than when you’re buying smaller packs.
Got discount coupons in the bag? Then use it! Don’t mind the next customer in line. Using coupons could actually save you a lot of money, if you are using it for items that you need.
However, if you use coupons for things you don’t need, then it’s simply a waste of money. Although you are not paying the full price, you are still creating an artificial need. That money could still be used for something more important.
What about you? Have you got grocery shopping tips for us? Let us know in the comments section.