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Grocery shopping is one of the most unstable item in the budget because the amount that we spend on food fluctuates from month to month. It can be quite a task to find a balance between finding the most affordable food options and still maintaining a healthy diet. Then there is the factor of how much you can get can for the amount that you spend.
Here are a few tips to help you save a few bucks at the supermarkets you may not be able to apply all at once but if you make them a habit you can save a significant amount over a year.
Always plan your meals weekly and make a list every time you go grocery shopping, planning your meals helps to reduce wastage by using all of the food you buy every month. It also makes sure that you are not forgetting something that you need and will help you to cut back on impulse purchases.
Taking advantage of the big sales will save a significant amount on your grocery bill each month. Make sure you stock up on the items that you use regularly when they are on sale, and then to plan your weekly menu around the sales to increase your savings.
Shopping around before you make your purchases can save money by comparison shopping and checking out the hot spots for sales. For example in my area, you can find the best deals on sugar and other produce at the local hot spot, while the best deal on chicken at country cold or bulk buy.
Set aside a special day for grocery shopping you will save money by avoiding impulse purchases. Some people try to do the majority of their grocery shopping the first week of the month and then only pick up fresh produce later in the month. The more you can limit your trips, the more you will be able to save.
If you always shopped at a particular supermarket, you should try shopping at the others. You may be able to save on some items savings that can really add up over time.