How often have you been in a situation when you left much more money in the supermarket than you were initially planning to?
Let’s face it, all the dirty tricks that they play really take their toll on us sometimes emptying our wallets to the unimaginable extent.
Good news is that you can be smarter with your shopping by just changing some of your food shopping habits.
1) Think seasonally. Buying seasonal goods can save you considerable amounts of money in the long run. In addition to the decrease in spending, you will also get more vitamins in your rations, because seasonal goods usually come straight from the local fields, therefore they’re fresh and full of energy that your body needs.
2) Shop at the right time. The best time to go shopping in order to save money is an hour before the shop closes. All products that will get outdated next day will be heavily discounted at that time. You can just freeze these products and use them later.
3) Don’t shop when you’re hungry. You’ve heard it before, but how many times have you followed this advice? If you’re heading to the supermarket with an empty stomach you can be sure that you’ll throw away a lot of money.
4) Plan your meals. Sounds dull? How about a real try to implement it in life? Having a weekly list and a shop-list will have a great effect on your savings.
5) Make use of online shopping. This is one of the great ways to make sure that you aren’t spending too much. Shopping online makes it easy to select goods, compare prices and not be tempted by the smell of the fresh baked goods. Use mySupermarket site to compare prices in major supermarkets and find the best price.
6) Buy supermarket’s own products. Purchasing supermarket brand products is a good idea if you’re looking to save money without losing in quality of the products.
7) Make use of loyalty cards. Almost every supermarket offers some kind of a loyalty scheme that makes you collect points to get discounts or redeem them for future shopping. Get loyalty cards in all supermarkets that you visit and little by little you’ll accumulate pleasant bonuses.
8) Try the underdogs. We often follow the example that was set to us by our parents. It also relates to the places of shopping that we habitually continue to visit just because we’re used to them. However, it may be not the best option in terms of saving money. Budget supermarkets such as Aldi or Lidl may not be the nearest place to visit, but you’ll surely find a lot of great deals there. Also, try local shops and markets, maybe their prices on some products can surprise you too.
9) Buy in bulk. That’s a great way to save money. You can also cook in a bulk and freeze the food. When buying in a bulk, use calculator to make sure that it really makes sense.