Turn shopping into a competition. My husband and I split the grocery shopping evenly, and I'm pretty sure it's because of a supermarket shopping game we played as graduate student newlyweds. The goal of our game: score the highest percentage in savings.
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Our supermarket receipt prints the amount we save with in-store specials and coupons. We then calculate the percentage of savings from the total. So, if I spent $80 and saved $20 (25%), and my husband spent $20 and saved $10 (50%), he'd win. Over time, we developed new strategies and rules:
-"BOGO" (buy one, get one free) items add up to amazing savings.
-We can buy only the items we need. (My husband once came home with four pineapples because they were BOGO.)
-We avoid items that are great deals, but have low nutritional profiles. (Check out GH's healthy shopping tips!)
It's not always easy to score well, but it's worth trying. I think our all-time record was over 60% and over the years, we've saved a lot. The best part about our game is that we have fun as a couple while saving on groceries.
Before you get your husband to the market, you can even challenge him in Good Housekeeping's new online grocery shopping game. When you play, you can enter to win $125 gift card too!
--Genevieve Ko, Senior Food Editor at Good Housekeeping
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