Everyone wants to save money without snipping out grainy images from the newspaper or calculating to the penny the grocery bill in their head while in the store. Making these six simple changes to your shopping process will make a huge difference in your grocery budgethttp://wakingupmarried.com/wp-admin/edit.php.
Know what you own! How many times have you bought canned corn for dinner that night only to find three others at the back of the shelf, stacked under the refried beans? Organize the pantry and make an inventory so you don’t spend money on overstock (and crowd out your pantry). Try an app like Out of Milk. It doubles as a shopping list and inventory.
Write a meal plan and grocery list before you go. In addition to knowing what cans are deep in your pantry, having a plan for what you will buy can save you from overbuying. By having your meals planned out, you can buy only what you need and keep the waste or over-purchases at bay.
Avoid eye-level. Grocery stores often stock brand names at eye level. Don’t go for what’s at your fingertips. Look a little lower. Often, when opting for brand-name products, the only difference you’ll notice is at the register.
Grow your own produce. Chances are, you don’t have time or space for a full on garden, but even growing your own herbs can save you money. Why buy a $10 jar of dried basil when you could plant it fresh for under $1? Check out the HGTV list of best indoor herbs! And this article from Bonnie on how to keep them alive.
Buy by the season. This can be particularly helpful with fruits. With fresh produce always on the shelves, it’s easy to forget that mother nature shares her sweet goodness seasonally. Produce of the season will always be more abundant and cheaper. Use this seasonal produce guide from the USDA to know exactly which fruits and veggies to buy and when.
Snack before you shop. We’ve all headed to the grocery store on an empty stomach, and followed our growling stomachs to the snack aisle. Doritos and Twizzlers sound good as a treat, but tack on unneeded dollars to your grocery bill. Try to snack or eat a meal before you leave for the store so your stomach and your eyes are the same size. You are more likely to stick to your grocery list if your stomach isn’t running the show. If you don’t have time, pop a mint or stick of gum to stave off your sweet cravings until you leave the store.