Fill your cart with tips

by TSGal on Fri, March 4th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Most of us are familiar with the grocery shopping experience.  Some of us hate it and some of us don’t mind it, but we can all use helpful tips to make it efficient and effective.  I found a great article from zenhabits.net with 50 tips for grocery shopping, and I wanted to highlight some that I found to be imperative.

Always go with a list:

If you go without a list, you might as well throw your money away.  Prepare a list of everything you need, checking to make sure you don’t already have it in your pantry, fridge, or freezer.

Don’t go when you’re hungry:

A common tip, but a true one.  When you’re hungry you’ll want to buy all sorts of junk that you don’t need.

Buy in bulk when it makes sense:

If you can save money over the course of a month or two by buying in bulk, plan to do so. But be sure that you’re going to use all of it before it gets bad — it isn’t cheaper to buy in bulk if you don’t use it.

Clip coupons:

Print out a few coupons from Swagbucks and bring them on your shopping trip. You can save 10-20% of your bottom line with coupons, plus you’ll earn 10 Swag Bucks for every coupon you redeem!

Try the store brands:

Brand names are often no better than generic, and you’re paying for all the advertising they do to have a brand name. Give the store brand a try, and often you won’t notice a difference.

Get cloth grocery bags:

You’ll save tons of plastic over time, and help the environment tremendously.

To see all of the helpful tips, click here.

What is your grocery shopping tip??

~TSGal

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