GROCERIES ON A BUDGET – PART 2

Like most of you, I find grocery shopping a bore and cumbersome. It only gets worse if you’re over paying while doing so. If you follow this short guide, you won’t need to be superman to save at the super market.

The grocery store tends to be a very expensive place if you’re not careful, and with the rising cost of inflation, it’s not getting any cheaper. Food prices have doubled while wages have… well let’s just say they haven’t doubled. So first things first, when flyers are delivered to you, what do you do? If the words ‘price’ and ‘matching’ come to mind, (ding ding) you are a winner. The first thing I suggest would be to separate food flyers from the other random flyers (home depot, Rona etc…) This is to avoid looking at expensive toys and things that have nothing to do with groceries that can lead to temptation.

Once everything has been sorted, begin making your list by planning out meals, lunches, and snacks for the week. It’s always a better bet to plan this way since you will then be able to hunt down specific ingredients which could save you up to 41%, experts say. As you begin price matching, beware of certain brands as they might not be available at your price matching store. For example, if milk goes on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart, you might not be able to find the same brand at Wal-Mart. So once you’ve compiled your grocery list, you’ll need to gather a couple of things from home before heading out. You’ll need things like a calculator (most phones will have one), reusable shopping bags, and of course, your grocery list! Once you’ve gotten everything, head to your local grocer, but make sure they offer price matching (see bottom for complete list of retailers that offer it).

Once you’ve started shopping, make your way past the bakery, and the ready-to-eat section of the store. It’s important to remember that anything made by the bakery or the ready-to-eat section can also be made at home for a fraction of the cost. Also, consider buying generic brands instead of name brands as they sell for 25-50% less! I recently looked into a study that proved 9/10 people couldn’t tell the difference (see the link at bottom for the study). As you continue shopping, remember that buying pre-packaged foods will cost you more money. For example, buying pancake batter as opposed to already made pancakes will save you almost double.

Now, instead of me listing 100 other small things that you’ll need to remember at the grocery store, start integrating things you have already learned into your weekly habits. Stay tuned for our expansion on this grocery blog next week to continue saving money.

PS. Here are a few extra tips to remember

  1. Do not bring your credit card to do groceries (you will spend more)
  2. Go shopping ALONE!
  3. Bring re-usable bags

 

 

http://www.savinginottawa.com/p/local-store-flyers-policies.html

http://www.curbly.com/users/diy-maven/posts/2289-top-20-ways-to-save-money-at-the-grocery-store

http://www.grocerybudget101.com/content.php/97-Name-Brands-vs-Store-Brands