Shoppers in need of some help and guidance when it comes to grocery shopping can turn their spending habits around and save money if they use some cost-effective methods that really work. What can you do to spend less on your next shopping trip?
Shop Less Often
The fact is that many families (especially couples) use the weekly shopping trip as a “social outing” to be together. However, there are much cheaper ways to spend time together as a family than to fritter away your hard-earned money. A simple way to save money on the family shop is to shop less often.
Rather than planning a large shopping spree every week, plan to shop just once or twice a month and stop by the shops just for perishables such as milk, and bread on a weekly basis. Planned shopping trips will discourage impulse buys, according to Kimberly Danger, author of Instant Bargains.
Shop Using Cash
It is psychologically easier to hand over a credit or debit card than it is a large wad of cash, as plastic is impersonal, while cash forces you to count out the money and keep track of how much you are spending. When you shop using cash, you are much more likely to watch your spending habits, check prices, and do all you can to keep within your allotted shopping budget, than you are when you know your bill will be covered by your handy piece of plastic.
Next time you go shopping, leave your credit and debit cards at home and take along cash instead. If you are worried about going over budget, take along a calculator, to help keep track of your purchases.
Planning a week’s worth of meals might seem very regimented and constrictive without much room left for creativity, but it does not have to be that way. Rather than plan seven meals each week, plan three or four main meals, and make a list of the required ingredients you will need to buy.
Many recipes use repeat ingredients such as onions, tomatoes, chicken, and so on. Use the leftovers to incorporate into new meals such as casseroles, stews, pasta dishes and salads.
Frugal shoppers plan ahead of time so that they know just where their money is going whenever they stop by the shops. Three simple ways to spend less on your shopping include shopping less often, using cash, rather than credit or debit cards and planning meals ahead of time so that you do not come away with a trolley full of impulse buys.
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