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Buying groceries can be expensive, and with household finances being squeezed in many different ways, it is only natural that people are looking for ways to cut costs on grocery shopping to help them save money.
Buying In Bulk
One of the best ways to reduce the cost of your grocery shopping is to buy in bulk. If you can not afford to buy bulk purchases, it can be helpful to split the cost with other people so you can benefit from reduced costs.
It is easier to store canned goods and toiletries items such as toilet rolls and shampoo if you bulk buy on offer. Cupboard goods such as spices, sauces, or buying nuts in bulk can help you reduce the cost, as can storing fresh or frozen foods if you have the capacity.
Supermarkets typically put the foods and brands they want you to buy at eye level. If it is within easy reach and your one of sight, chances are you will be more likely to purchase it. Check out the ower shelves where you can find different brands, usually at lower prices.
If you have access to a car, it can be worthwhile shopping around at different stores to get the best prices. Take advantage of different offers in stores to reduce your grocery bill. You will soon get a feel for the different prices at each store and know what is best to buy and where.
Pay in Cash
If you have a set grocery budget, take the amount you have in cash to spend so you won't be tempted to go over budget. After all, you cannot buy extra if you only have limited cash on you.
Shop By Weight
Comparing prices by weight or quantity can help you assess if something really is a good deal if they are trying to get you to spend more. Compare different products and brands for the kilo price, which can usually be found on the price ticket on the shelf. If you are buying something like toilet rolls, check the price per roll to see the best price.
Use A Calculator
If you add up what you are spending as you put things into your basket or cart, then you can stick to your budget and know exactly what you can afford at any one time. This can remove any accidental overspending.
When shopping online, you will likely come across fewer offers to distract you from what you need. You can also see the cost of your shopping as you go, so you know how much you are spending. Plus, you can browse and assess the costs of products easier and look for cheaper alternatives.
The most important thing to remember when trying to save money on groceries is that you need to get creative with shopping. A limited budget can be challenging but not impossible. Knowing how to shop more effectively can help you to save money and reduce your outgoings.