This is a guest post by Connie Harriman
You take fewer vacations; your family is no longer members of the local pool; and yet, it remains difficult to lower family expenses. You must consider more ways to save. Wow! You spend that much at the grocery store? It’s time to find ways to cut corners at the food market.
Did you know others pay less for the same items you purchase? It’s because they are meticulous about scouring news listings and online sites for opportunities to save. Manufacturers release coupons all the time, hoping to gain added attention and eventual sales.
If you’re not arriving at the register with a fist full of coupons, you’re not giving saving a fighting chance. Stop spending full price for items you purchase all the time! With a bit of research and perusing, you’ll find a coupon for just about any purchase. Go to sites like SumoCouponin addition to checking local listings to save big on your go-to brands.
Is the cupboard clear of stocked foods? How long have you kept the canned peas and corn wedged in the back of the shelf next to month-old dry pasta? Sure, there are tastier things than peas and corn, yet such foods ‘get the job done’ when it comes to sustenance and nutritional value.
Stop wasting food or turning your back on supplies in the cupboard. If you eat all the food already bought, you’ll think twice before purchasing and subsequently wasting a percentage of supplies in the cupboard and fridge.
Buy Sale Items
“What should we eat tonight?” is a common question echoing throughout households all over the country. If you’re so indecisive, why not let sale prices dictate what’s for dinner? Search the meat, poultry, and seafood sections for prime cuts with slashed prices. Moreover, seek dry goods that host lower prices when you buy more than one.
Taking bulk buying a step further, seek bargain and wholesale club vendors in your area. You may need to make trips to separate stores yet save hundreds of dollars per month, paying half price or less on items.
No, don’t switch the sticker on one can for another – that’s illegal! What’s perfectly logical is considering the amount of money invested in being an advocate of a particular brand. For example, the leading brand of macaroni and cheese may cost $5 per box while the generic store variety costs $2. Imagine the epiphany following the realization there is little-to-no difference in taste!
The next time you blindly grab for a recognizable leading-brand on the shelf, take a moment to survey difference in price. You’ll be amazed to see how branding has influenced how you shop - and how much you pay at the register.
Keep tabs on to-be sales items at the grocery store and use that information to formulate a ‘menu’ for the week ahead. Each Sunday, consider what meals to prepare for the following week, keeping in mind foods on sale. The ‘food prevention’ helps keep costs down and curbs the occurrence of impulse buys.
Also, planning to eat at home puts a lid on the notion of ordering out or going out to eat, which gets incredibly expensive when made into a family habit.
Connie Harriman is an educator and busy mother of five. With her feet on the ground and a heart for family life, she loves blogging about simple ways to make modern living sweeter and better.
I love all these tips and tricks that Connie shared! They are tips I follow myself, which saves my family money every single month. How are you guys and gals saving on your groceries this month?
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