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10 Supermarket Spending Tricks You Need To Know To Save More On Groceries

10 Supermarket Spending Tricks You Need To Know To Save More On Groceries

Food is one of the inevitable spendings that eat out a huge chunk of your budget. Yet, you can cut down your expenses drastically without giving up on the goods you love! Try using at least a few of these smart tricks and watch your check shrinking for at least 30%.

1. Opt for bags and bundles

You do know that buying in bulk is cheap. However you always felt reluctant about dragging a truckload of food back home, especially if there’s just the two of you to consume it. Well, middle-sized multi-packs are amazingly great deals too! For instance, a bundle of 4 Dannon Activia yogurts costs 2.58$, when a single cup is typically priced around 1$. Same works with buying loose grocery vs. bagged. Five pounds of potatoes are 36% cheaper when bought bagged. This trick works fantastic with foods, soap and pet food.

Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $22.50

Money spent WITH the trick: $14.40

Money saved: $8.10

2. Grow your own herbs

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    Stop buying bundles of herbs for 2$ per item and make your living space greener instead.You neither need advanced gardening skills, nor a lot of space to set up a small garden, say on your kitchen window or porch. By investing around 5$ once, you will always have fresh fragrant herbs in stock. Plus, no extras spoiled and wasted when you decide to make a few changes in your weekly menu.

    Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $40 per month

    Money spent WITH the trick: $5 for seeds and pots

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    Money saved: $35

    3. Do your own slicing

    Yeah, you love having everything beautifully sliced and vacuum packed for you in pretty packs. However, if you are on a mission to save as much money as you can, you’ll have to do all the peeling, slicing and dicing yourself. It’s pretty rewarding as, for instance, a cut and peeled pineapple costs 5.99$, whereas the uncut one can be bought for just 3.99$. Same applies to whole chicken vs packaged, block cheese vs sliced, and much more goodies.

    Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $33.78 per month

    Money spent WITH the trick: $18.58

    Money saved: $15.20

    4. Do some reconnaissance

    Make a list of items you always buy (e.g. milk, bread, chicken, soap etc) and devote your day to analyzing the prices at a selection of stores in your area (Walmart, Target, supermarket, dollar store) to run a smart price comparison. Put all the data in a spreadsheet like this to go through it later and find out the cheapest place to stock up on the basics. Also, I would add a separate graph listing types of loyalty cards each store offers and which rewards you can get if sticking to a certain chain.

    Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $25 per week on average.

    Money spent WITH the trick: $21.25

    Money saved: $3.75 per week and 15$ per month

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    5. Shop organic … at Walmart

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      Walmart decided to be in trend this year and introduced his own line of organic products – Wild Oats Marketplace. It includes a variety of foods from canned veggies to organic chicken broth, that are 18% to 40% cheaper than similar organic goods at specialized stores and some other big-box outlets. For example, Wild Oats organic pasta sauce costs 40% less than a similar sauce at Target.

      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $50 per month on average

      Money spent WITH the trick: $32

      Money saved: $18

      6. Check out the discount rack

      Certain products are placed in supermarket clearance sections not because they are bad, but for a number of other reasons like damaged packaging now looking not so flashy and attractive; being slightly off season – Christmas cookies are still delicious in March; or merely just because the manufacturer decided to discount them for some particular reason. Buying discounted stuff will save you at least 50% of the original price if not more. You should still double-check the expiration date though.

      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $38 for groceries and candies

      Money spent WITH the trick: $19

      Money saved: $19

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      7. Plan menus by the ads

      Now most people first plan their weekly menu and afterwards start searching for relevant discounts and coupons. However, by doing the opposite: finding the hottest deals first and planning your meals around them would save you up to 50% of your weekly bill. Get a few shopping apps installed like Retail Me Not and SnipSnap to take pictures of printed coupons and flash them at the store. Plus, subscribe to newsletters at various stores to be the first to know when certain items go on sale.

      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $98 per week

      Money spent WITH the trick: $60.76

      Money saved: $37.24

      8. Sign up for subscriptions

      Now there’s a certain list of goods you inevitably stock up on each month – shampoo, bottled water, laundry detergent etc. Save time and a bunch of money by opting for monthly home-delivery subscription services. Amazon guarantees up to 15% discount on your entire order, plus free delivery at your doorstep at the day you’ve selected. Target recently launched a similar service offering free delivery and 5% extra discount added to your Target REDcard discount.

      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $120 per month

      Money spent WITH the trick: $85.20

      Money saved: $34.80

      9. Buy for 10 weeks at a time

      Did you know that sales typically run through cycles on an eight to twelve week rotation? Take advantage of this fact and stock up with discounted goods in advance. Say, you usually eat one pack of cereals per week. Get ten when they go on sale and put an extra fiver straight to your piggy bank.

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      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $32.80

      Money spent WITH the trick: $27.80

      Money saved: $5

      10. Learn the layout

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        According to a recent study by Marketing Science Institute the less aisles a shopper visits, the less impulsive purchases they make. While those who walk around the entire shop usually end up with 68% of unplanned purchases, more determined shoppers with a clear plan in mind, usually grab less than 50% of random things to their baskets. Besides, you should avoid pooling goods from middle shelves as loads of companies pay for being placed exactly at your (or your kid’s) eye level. Don’t be lazy to squat and check out the lowest shelves or stretch up to the top where you are likely to find way better deals at lower prices.

        Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $32.80

        Money spent WITH the trick: $27.80

        Money saved: $5

        Featured photo credit: Charlotte via flickr.com

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        Published on September 17, 2018

        How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

        How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

        Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

        With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

        So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

        1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

        It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

        You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

        So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

        2. When you want something big, wait

        Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

        It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

        We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

        A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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        So, you get the itch.

        You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

        Here’s where you have to take a step back.

        Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

        Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

        It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

        The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

        3. Live smaller than you can afford

        You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

        You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

        That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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        Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

        Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

        The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

        But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

        4. Practice smart grocery shopping

        Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

        But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

        Create a grocery budget

        Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

        Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

        I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

        Make a list… and never deviate

        Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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        You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

        These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

        Eat before going grocery shopping

        It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

        If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

        After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

        Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

        However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

        This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

        5. Cancel your gym membership

        Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

        The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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        Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

        I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

        Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

        Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

        For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

        Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

        There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

        It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

        I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

        Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

        The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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