If you find yourself coming home from grocery shopping with more items than you intended to buy, then this article is for you.
Too often while shopping, some items appear very important. But when you return home and realize that many of the items you are unpacking are unnecessary, impulsive purchases, you regret having bought them.
Supermarkets are cathedrals of consumerism. They’re perfectly-honed marketing environments. You must have read about the advantages of buying groceries from supermarkets, but here are some tips on how to prevent this situation from arising at all…
Follow your shopping list
Before going to shopping your first step should be to make a list of those items which are necessary. What is worse is when you forget to purchase the actual item you came to the store for in the first place. If you plan to cook at home, pre-plan a rough menu and make a list before you go for grocery shopping. Getting all that you need in one trip can help avoid another unnecessary trip and a little more temptation.
Use coupons regularly
Don’t waste your coupons. If you get coupons, use them regularly. Learn how to use them. It can help you to get several discounts and you could also get something tagged with an item.
Buy in bulk whenever possible
When it comes to non-perishable items, buy in bulk whenever you find something on sale. The items we usually stock up on are cereals, tinned goods, rice, beans, pasta, coke, toothpaste, bodywash, shampoo, toilet paper etc. For such items, shopping at warehouse stores like Costco, Sam’s Club etc. can save you quite a bit of money, provided you stick strictly to your shopping list when you shop there.
Don’t take anyone with you for shopping
Shopping alone reduces the risk of making expensive bills. Taking someone can add some unnecessary items to your list which can be expensive. Avoid going in a group.
Price check before buying anything expensive
For other items that are expensive, do a price-check before buying them. If you can wait for a while, track the prices and grab a greater deal when it comes along. Frequently available online coupons make it even easier to save some money. This is especially true while purchasing any electronics.
Avoid ATM fees
Be aware of the ATM withdrawal fees charged by your bank. While some banks waive fees for all ATM transactions on any ATM machine, most don’t. Be sure to use only those ATM machines where your bank does not charge any fee, or withdraw directly from your bank.