“The habit of saving itself is an education; it fosters every virtue, teaches self-denial, cultivates the sense of order, trains forethought and so broadens the mind.” –T.T. Munger
There has never been any doubt that rudimentary grocery items have been steadily increasing their prices. With today’s economic climate as well as the tax reforms imposed on common goods such as canned items and sugary products, prices are even steeper. It does not even matter whether you choose a relatively cheaper grocery store as opposed to shopping mall juggernauts such as Trinoma; the price hike is prevalent regardless of where you are shopping. Seeing as times like this would compel us to save and cut off a bit of our monthly expenses, let us take a look at the ways you could ingeniously save money on your grocery bills and expenses each month:
- Use a small trolley cart
More often than not, lugging around a big trolley cart tends to make us feel like we need to fill it up just so it looks full. Our mind plays tricks on us and regardless of whether we truly need an item or not, we throw it into our trolley. This is how you end up buying those unnecessary items that would only serve to bloat your total bill. Leave the bigger cart where it belongs and opt for a smaller one.
- Check the price per unit
One excellent way to compare prices is to check the price per unit instead of checking them in packages. Remember not all large packages or bulk items would offer you the best price. To know you are getting the best value for your buck, check how much each unit costs. Moreover, checking it this way would give you a better idea whether you should buy the ones on sale or buy in bulk.
- Check the bottom shelves
If you wish to find a goldmine of generic items, take a moment to look down and check the bottom shelves. Generic brands are the cheaper alternatives of the famous big brands you know all too well and love. Some people refuse to consider generic goods thinking that they would be subpar. But more often than not, they usually taste the same. Some retailers tend to charge product makers an exorbitant fee just to strategically put their items at eye level which means they would cost more.
- Plan your shopping itinerary
If you do not have a shopping list to guide you through you shopping endeavor, there is a very likely chance that you are simply going to stuff your cart with whatever your wish. Supermarkets and big grocery stores are notorious for having their aisles professionally design in order to entice consumers to buy goods and products they would not necessarily use. Going through a grocery store without a shopping list is pretty much like navigating unchartered waters without a map. Moreover, straying from the shopping path invites you to walk past products on non-essential aisles and would entice you to put them in your carts.
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- Stick to your habitual grocery list
After coming up with a list of grocery items that contain the most cost effective products and having planned your route, try to stick to this list until you have formed a habit of shopping for the same items.
- Ask the butcher for help
Unless you have a skill for cooking, then there is a likely chance you would not know which portion of the meat you should buy. In lieu of buying prepackaged or repackaged premium cut meats, ask the butcher for cuts that would cost you much cheaper. Alternatively, you can ask them for larger cuts that would normally cost you less than those displayed on the freezer shelves.