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6 Tips to Help You Grocery Shop on a Budget

Woman shopping for groceries

If you’re pinching pennies, it’s essential to adjust your lifestyle to accommodate that. Things you once splurged on are now a thing of the past. Your weekly trip to the supermarket isn’t safe either. If you’re looking to save a few extra bucks, it’s important to learn how to grocery shop on a budget.
1. Shop on a full stomach
There’s nothing that tempts a person more than walking through food aisles while their stomach is growling. When you shop while hungry, you’re more likely to buy snacks and things that weren’t on your grocery list.

2. Go with a list and stick to it
As tempting as it might be to deviate from your grocery list for that one package of cookies, don’t do it. If you write a grocery list before you visit the store, you’re more likely to only buy the things you need - the things on the list.

3. Do the math
Just because something comes in a bigger quantity, doesn’t mean that you’re getting more for your dollar - sometimes, the smaller sizes are a better deal. Ask yourself if you’re going to use the quantity you’re about to buy. If some of it will go bad by your next grocery store trip, it’s not worth it.

4. Don’t overlook store brands
Even though store-brand products look bland, some of them are made by brand-name companies. These products just have different labels and are marketed as a cheaper alternative to more expensive product lines. Do a little investigating, and you could save a pretty penny on your everyday essentials.

5. Grocery shop only once per week
Those of you with growing children will think this is impossible, but limiting yourself to grocery shopping once a week will give you less opportunity to make unnecessary purchases. The one time you do go, you’ll prioritize the things you need and regularly use.

6. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time
When you plan your meals for the week, you’re more certain about what you need and how much of it you need. Planning everything out this way is the key to grocery shopping on a budget.

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