Saving money at the grocery store does not have to be complicated. In fact, the simplest tricks seem to get the job done. Below are 10 tips to practice saving money the next time you shop.
- Do not buy sugar cereals.
It does not matter how cheap you can get them – sugary cereals offer no nutrition for your family. Pick up whole grain cereals with low sugar to feed your kids better.
- Watch the scanner.
Sometimes, cashiers make mistakes. Some items may be mis-priced or punched twice. Keep an eye out because you are the one paying for it, not the cashier.
- Stock up when there are sales.
When your family staples are on sale, buy a few extras to stock up your pantry. Rotate your stock to avoid items from expiring on you.
- Know when your local store stocks its fresh produce.
This makes a big difference. Fruits and vegetables can go bad real fast so get them on the day your local store re-stocks. Otherwise, you will be getting old items that may only last a couple of days inside your fridge.
- Save your leftovers.
Some food reactions actually continue past cooking and storing, which means leftovers may taste even better the next day. Also, this saves you money and effort from cooking another meal.
- Do not buy junk food.
Junk food is expensive and it contains zero nutrition. If your family enjoys snacks, make them yourself or opt for fruits and vegetables instead.
- Read labels.
It may not be the most exciting thing to do but it pays to read the label to check what you are eating. Some items are nothing but trans fat, hydrogenated oils, high amounts of sugar, saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Your family deserves better!
- Drink water.
Sugary drinks are not cheap. If your family is on the habit of drinking iced tea, sodas, or other similar drinks, you are wasting money and making your body pay for it at the same time.
- Use cloth grocery bags.
This will save tons of plastic over time and help the environment. Keep cloth bags in your car so you are always ready.
- Pack healthy snacks for your children.
Cut-up fruit, frozen produce, whole wheat crackers, and popcorn are nice treats that your kids will enjoy. They are much better than junk food and cheaper, too!