You can save a lot of money just by looking at your local supermarket’s sales flyer before you even set foot in the store. You head to the store only when you run low on food, and you need groceries at any cost. By pursuing your supermarket’s weekly ads and planning your meals around them, you could save big.
Blame it on rising oil prices, disappointing crop yields, global warming, and/or the weak dollar, Robert Earl, the director of nutrition policy for the Grocery Manufacturer Association, says that there are many factors affecting food prices.
Planning ahead. Planning ahead is the most important step to get more value of your money at the grocery store. Eating healthier foods can actually save you money. The researchers found that when families went on weight loss diets, they not only lose weight but reduce their kitchen budgets too.
The savings come from reducing portion sizes and from buying lesser high-calorie foods that tend to increase the amount spent at the grocery store, according to the researchers of a year-long study. People tend to spend a lot on those “extras”- foods that add calories but little nutritional value, like sodas, bakery items, and chips.
Keep a clear head. You can get more for your money if you consider the nutritional value of food for the price. For example, sodas and flavored drinks deliver mostly empty calories and could easily be replaced with less expensive sparkling water with a splash of a 100% fruit juice like cranberry.
Shopping in a supermarket. It’s better to shop in a supermarket for saving money because it saves your time too. They clean and pack the food items like vegetables and pulses. They keep a fresh stock because there is a regular movement of goods. If you don’t find a certain item in smaller shops, you could probably find it in a supermarket. They also give promotional offers. And the biggest advantage is if you are not satisfied with a product, you can return it and they replace your product and give better services.
Supermarkets tend to strategically place their offers at the end of aisles in the hope of grabbing your attention while you’re on the move. The other big temptations are the sweets and magazines by the tills, so keep away from these when you’re queuing. Once you’re aware of where the potential slip-ups are going to be in the store, you get a better chance of not falling prey.