Everyone wants to stretch his or her money at the grocery store. Fortunately, you can do it without too much effort. Try these tips for savvier shopping:
- Determine what’s really on sale. Don’t assume items stacked at the end of the aisles—like sodas—are on sale. More often than not, they’re marked at the regular price.
- Remember that you pay for convenience. Skinless chicken breasts cost more than those packaged with skin. The same applies to the pre-cleaned and cut carrot sticks. You can save money if you’re willing to put a little extra work into your food preparation.
- Check out store brands. If you compare the contents and nutritional value of name brand versus generic items, you’ll discover that they’re often identical. In fact, they’re often made in the same plant in the same way.
- Use your coupons. How often have you clipped coupons only to allow them to expire? Develop a system that will ensure their use.
- Avoid stores on the weekend. The stress of crowded stores and long lines makes you more susceptible to speed buying. Try to shop during the weekdays, first thing in the morning or late at night.