There’s one thing most people forget to put on their grocery list that everyone should – save money.
It’s a fact that if you make a grocery list, you’ll stick to it and, ultimately, spend less. So it is important to spend the time each week, or whenever you shop, to get your list together. Making a grocery list is a seemingly easy task, however, there are some things you can do to save yourself both time and money.
Assess your current situation
First of all, check your pantry, as well as your refrigerator. There’s nothing worse than assuming you are out of an item, purchase it, and then place it in the pantry – right next to the last one you bought. What a waste. So check to see what you have on hand first.
Inserts and coupons
Next, take a look at the circulars and newspaper inserts for your local area. By using coupons each time you shop, you’ll stretch your dollar that much further. And remember, you can also get coupons online and using apps on your smartphone or tablet.
Map it out
After you have determined what items you need to purchase, organize your list according to the layout of your favorite store. This way, you won’t be wasting time running around the store, and there’s less chance you will forget something.
Will it perish?
One of the greatest wastes when it comes to groceries is when you over-buy on perishable items like fruits and vegetables. It is a good idea to take note of how and when you use these items, so that when the time comes to buy again, you have a realistic idea of what you should actually purchase, versus what you think you might need.
Go off list?
When you are shopping, if you run across items that are on sale at a price you just can’t pass up, it’s okay to purchase them, as long as those items are non-perishable. At first glance, this may seem that you are getting off-list and it is true that you are spending a little more than you may have planned for that trip. But the next time you need those items, you’ll already have them and you were able to save money on the purchase. And remember: many supermarkets are currently having buy-one-get-one sales on meats, which will freeze, so it pays to stock up on those items.
It’s easy to see that by planning ahead, you can save money. By organizing, you can stretch those dollars even further.