Lion's share of a family's budget goes towards groceries. Though some adjustments in grocery spending can be made, it still remains an item of heavy expenditure. However, if you are careful and follow the following tips, you will be able to curtail your spending on groceries.
If you are already thrifty, some of the tips may be quite known to you. I am sure there will be others who have no idea how to control spending on groceries. These tips are for them.
1) Check prices before buying things. One mistake people generally make is to buy whatever they see first. Look for cheaper products and compare the prices with other shops. High prices do not mean that the goods are of very high quality. Don't be ashamed of asking prices and bargaining. The items you see easily are normally the ones that cost more.
2) Some shops advertise sale of special items to attract customers. When the customers go the shops, there will be no specials to be seen and if you ask particularly for those items, the shop owners may bring them from the back of the shop. In reality, what the shops aim by advertising special items is to attract customers to their shops and make them buy some other expensive items. If it happens to you, don't buy those items which the shopkeeper tries to sell you. Instead, ask for the item which the shop had advertised.
3) Another trick played by shops to attract customers is to sell things at a discount. When customers come to the shop to buy the things sold at a discount, the shops will persuade them to buy other items too which are expensive. If you go to a shop to buy an item sold at a discount, just buy that item only and get out of the shop as fast as possible. The longer you linger there, the more will be the temptation to buy other costly items.
4) Instead of hard cash, use coupons to buy the items which you buy regularly.
5) If double coupon system is there with any shop, avail of that facility.
6) Remember to hand over the coupon to the cashier before they ask you to do so.
7) Buy in bulk those items you need regularly and which do not perish.
8) Try to do your shopping at co-operative stores where quality food articles are sold at comparatively cheaper prices.
9) Buy only the required quantity. If you buy perishable items in bulk even if they are cheap, you are going to be the loser. If you have storage facility for perishable items or the items are non-perishable, bulk buying is okay.
10) Decide how much should your meals cost per day. Sub-divide the cost into different meals of the day. Buy those things which are within your meal budget.
11) You are susceptible to unreasonable buying when you are hungry. So don't go for shopping when your stomach is totally empty.
12) Try to gather all information about the market, price fluctuations and discounts. Try to collect as many coupons as possible.
13) As far as possible, buy fruits, vegetables, meat and fish from the outskirts of the market. The things sold here will be fresh and cheap. If you go into the established shops, you will get canned stuff which will be costlier but less healthy. Additionally you will be tempted to buy unnecessary items just because of their beautiful packing or the persuasion of the shopkeeper.
There are many other ways you can take to reduce your groceries shopping bill. If you are willing to be creative, you can save up quite a lot of money.
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