Grocery shopping tips thatâ€™ll save you money
Whether you love it or dread it, for most people, grocery shopping is a weekly or, sometimes, bi-weekly occurrence thatâ€™s totally necessary. But how many times do we go to the store, see the first thing that we want, grab it, and check out without analyzing the potential savings? Guilty.
Fortunately, thereâ€™s a strategy we use called the C.H.O.P Shop method to help you get ahead and save when it comes to the weekly supermarket visit. And hereâ€™s how it goes:
- Count your dollars.Put aside a weekly or bi-weekly shopping budget to work within. Itâ€™s important to set a budget, or you might just grab any old thing off the shelf when thereâ€™s a cheaper alternative just around the aisle. Not to mention, it prevents from splurging on your cheat day too. Your piggy bank and your Summer diet will thank you in the end.
- Hungry Shopping is Hangry Shopping. Have you ever went shopping while hungry? Itâ€™s the worst thing ever. Not only do you pick up that ice-cream you already bought last week, along with 23.5 items that you didnâ€™t need, but the hunger encroaches on the overall experience as well. For example, the nice lady in front of you is moving just a little slower than youâ€™d like so you fantasize buggy bumping her over a bit so you can speed on through. Sound familiar? You may have had a hangry shopping experience. The grocery foods make you overspend and angry. And in this particular instance, a Snickers is totally necessary.
- Only buy whatâ€™s on your list. Grocery lists have been a shopperâ€™s life raft for many, many years now. If youâ€™re not a list-user, then consider trying it for your next trip to the store, especially if you have a forgetful track record. The shopping list is the one thing standing in between you and forgetting that one super important ingredient that your partner needed back at home to create that dish they have been prepping for all week. Itâ€™s a life saver, literally. Plus, you donâ€™t go and buy unnecessary items, food, hair products, desserts, random plants, etc. You get the point. Sticking to the list helps you stick to counting your dollars and keeping your sanity.
- Put the pre-made foods down. Food that come already prepared will wind up costing you more than if you were to buy the ingredient to make that dish yourself. Yes, it takes a little more time, energy and risk to cook it without burning yourself, but hey â€“ youâ€™re saving money. Plus, it wonâ€™t taste so store-bought when you reheat it. If you cook it at home, itâ€™ll taste great â€“ just like you.
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