If you are a savvy shopper, you will have employed several money saving techniques to keep your grocery bill as low as possible by paying with cash, speed shopping, making a strict list and keeping to it and stocking up on non-perishable items, such as frozen fruits and vegetables. But what can you do when you get home and find that your food bill is still higher than you would like? What can you do to save money on your next grocery bill once you get home?
Receipts can hold the key to your spending habits, so it is worthwhile keeping hold of shopping receipts in order to better track your shopping habits. Look over a week or month’s worth of shopping receipts to help you better understand more about your spending habits. How often did you buy staples such as bread and milk? These are necessities, so keep these in mind. But then look at any “extras” on the receipts such as sweets, chocolate biscuits, ice cream and snack bars.
Look at the date of the days you bought these “extras” to see if there is a pattern to your spending habits. Did you buy these items mid-week when you were dashing home from work and needed an extra pick-me-up to boost your flagging energy levels? If so, take a healthy homemade snack with you to work to help you overcome an attack of the munchies, and stop shopping mid-week when you are tired and hungry. Shopping over the weekend in the evenings or early morning can help you to turn your spending habits around.
For some, mid-week shopping beats the weekend crowds. If this if your preference, you may be able to save more money. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (after dinner) are usually a lot quieter in the supermarkets, as families and post-work crowds have dispersed, allowing you to shop stress-free, without having to compete with the crowds.
Remember, shopping when supermarkets are crowded encourages impulse buying, as you are more likely to spend more time inside the supermarket, which is why shopping when it is quiet allows you to speed shop and get back home without making any extra purchases you do not really need.
Shopper loyalty is one reason why some consumers will not consider shopping anywhere else. However, it pays to shop around. Some of the exact same groceries can vary considerably in price depending. That is why it pays to be a savvy shopper and to shop from more than one supermarket. Make a note of staples and necessities you buy on a regular basis and then start to track the price of the same items from other supermarkets. Shopping from two, three or more supermarkets, rather than just one, can save hundreds of dollars each year.
Savvy shoppers should continue to shop around and try to find the best deals. Start by looking at your receipt when you get home, change the days you go shopping and do not be afraid to shop around for the best possible deals.
Everyday with Rachael Ray, 9 Tips to Save Money on your Grocery Bill, by Nicole Cherie Jones