The grocery aisle is one of the major pitfalls for many families, especially for those with plenty of mouths to feed and, for someone who loves food like me, the rows of fresh vegetables, fruits and meats is akin to someone who loves shopping for clothes. It is expensive and can run you dry. That said, if you are on a tight budget, then shopping smart is the way to go.
Tips to Tide You Over
One of the best ways to stay healthy and still get what you want is to check for coupons that most stores roll out. You can save from as little as $0.25 to as much as $2 to $3; adding that up, you could be saving as much as $20 from your grocery trip that you can put back to your budget. Some stores have specials or in-store promotions, which can also help you, save up. In one trip, I purchased a total of $250 but since the store had a promo, I also received a one-pound turkey free. If you shop less often, then commit to shop once a month or so and check your local grocer for savings and other promotions.
Another tip would be to grow your own veggies. If you love vegetables and like to use seasonings or herbs, then you would benefit from having your own garden with these lovelies. You do not need a large space to grow them and some plants like herbs can be planted in small pots. A new product is also in the market today, which makes use of a technique where plants are grown in water that is rich in minerals so you might also want to look and try that out. This way, you would be able to grow your own plants and save up on your money. Some plants can be re-grown so it can be much cheaper but still help you stay healthy.
One of the major pitfalls of shopping is doing it on an empty stomach as everything looks good which is the reason some people end up buying items that they would normally not purchase. Everything just looks good when you are hungry; that is why it is important that you eat first before going grocery shopping.
Last but not the least; create a shopping list of what you actually need to be able to distinguish what you want. What you need are basic produce such as rice, meat, veggies and fruits. Wants may include the chocolate that you have eyed for a while. Learn also to compare products as some maybe more expensive than others due to branding and you may be paying more for something that is actually the same produce.