1.Stay away from the inner aisles.
Grocery stores are strategically designed to place essential ingredients, such as dairy and produce, on opposite ends of the store. This forces most shoppers to pass through all the aisles, often times picking up items they don’t need. Try to skip the middle aisles of the store and stick to only the items you need.
2.Don’t be afraid of coupons.
Coupons can save you some serious cash. Check out sites like coupons.com for great deals. And then double your savings by combining coupons with what’s on sale at your local store. The store’s circular is the best way to know what’s being promoted. Make it a point to read it on a weekly basis, it’ll save you lots.
3.Put the toiletries down.
While buying toiletries at the supermarket may be easy, you’re paying a price for that convenience. Save those items for the pharmacy, where they are usually cheaper.
4.Don’t be tempted by brand names.
You might be used to a particular brand of cereal or sugar, but the generic options are usually cheaper. Generic brands often use name-brand products with their own labels on it, and they offer it at a better price. Just check the ingredients to be sure you’re getting the same product.
5.Look up and look down, because it’s the eye-level shelves that stock the priciest items.
Since we tend to look at items that are at our eye level, grocery stores know to place the more expensive items on the shelves we see first. When shopping, look at the higher and lower shelves for cheaper items.
6.Remember rain checks.
When an item that most people use, like olive oil, goes on sale at the store, it sells out quickly. Inquire about getting a rain check. Some grocery stores offer the option of getting an extension on sold-out sale items.
7.Consider dried beans.
Many people opt for canned beans because they’re either intimidated by cookingk dried beans or they don’t think they have the time. But making a good pot of beans is really easy — we promise! — and it tastes far superior. While the difference in price is not enough to break the bank, these little changes will add up.
8.Don’t go to the store hungry.
Many of us go to the grocery store after work and before dinner, which is when we start to get hungry. If you buy your groceries when hungry, you’ll purchase more than you need. Try to get the shopping out of the way on the weekends, when you can shop on a full stomach.
9.Stay away from the prepared foods.
Don’t buy the pre-made foods, no matter how good they look. You’re at the store already, just buy the ingredients and make it for a fraction of the price at home. It’ll taste much better fresh, too.
10.Try to eat with the seasons.
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: eat the produce that’s in season. Not only will it taste infinitely better, but it will save you serious money. Out-of-season produce travels far, which are costs you end up paying for.