How to Shop and Save Money

Posted on 2014-04-16

Have you ever wondered how supermarkets are constantly implementing new ways for the consumers to spend more money for less value?

Sadly that’s the harsh reality facing our economy today. But, there are some effective ways you can stay ahead of this cat and mouse game by staying alert, planning ahead and shopping smarter.

Shopping List

Making a weekly plan and detailed shopping list is a useful method however it’s not entirely an effective one. Planning your daily meals on a weekly basis will result in much fewer trips to the local grocery store and also lessen the possibility of impulse spending for unnecessary items we never need and occasionally end up never using.

Try Lower and More Affordable Brand

The popular and more expensive brand is not necessarily the best one available. Always try out the house brand products you typically use and need on a regular basis. Cleaning products and toiletries is a great place to start. During your next trip to the local food mart, swap out one of each product for a lower and more affordable brand. Effectively if you’re normal budget spending incorporates 4 boxes of Organic Valley Unsweetened Soy Milk, the next time your in the food mart instead of buying four of this brand buy three and possibly one box of another brand such as the Clover Stornetta Farms Fat Free Milk.

If you’re accustomed in using a luxury brand shampoo, try going down a notch to a product with the same additives that will perform in the same manner without the luxury name brand.

Avoid Hungry Shopping

Never shop when you’re hungry. Shopping on a hungry stomach often leads to impulse and over spending which typically ends up in more cash, more food more weight gain and possibly more cash spent on weight loss programs to lose the weight you paid to gain.

Compare Pricing

You know that old phrase “never put all your eggs into one basket.” Well when it comes to saving big bucks never try to get the best value for money at one place. Always compare priced between similar products at different supermarkets by retaining the supermarket lists and making detailed comparisons observing the lower prices.

It’s always a great option to consider local butchers when shopping for fresh meat products. Buying for the person who butchers the meat typically sold to the grocery store will save you quite a bit rather than buying that same meat from the local supermarket. The is often a high possibility that you’ll benefit form a fresh kill from the butcher than buying meat that has been on the fridge for a number of weeks or more depending on the traffic within the supermarket.

Stocking Up Supplies

Stocking up on monthly supplies with products is always smart way to shop provided nothing is ever wasted of thrown out.

Keep your fridge between zero to five degrees Celsius to ensure your fridge maintains the capacity to keep the food products as long as possible, keeping a keen eye on expiration dates to ensure those products are used immediately prior to that date.