Shake Up Your Grocery List to Save
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Shake Up Your Grocery List to Save

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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Are you buying expensive products out of habit? If so, then it’s time to shake up your grocery list to save some money! Here are some easy ways to save money by changing up your shopping habits:

Name Brand vs. Store Brand Products

One of the biggest mistakes many people make at the grocery store is habitually buying name brand products. By simply purchasing the generic equivalent, you can immediately start saving money. For example, purchasing Up & Up store brand eye makeup remover at Target will save you $1.95 compared to the equivalent name brand.

  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (5.5 oz.): $6.49, name brand at Target
  • Up & Up™ Makeup Remover (5.5 oz.): $4.54 store brand at Target


Size Matters

Do you habitually grab the same size of your usual products every time you go grocery shopping? I do it too. But recently I started calculating unit prices and found that more often than not I was paying more for less. If you find this happening to you, then it might be time to shake up your grocery list yet again. Check the unit price before adding a product to your cart. Make sure you buy the size that is the cheapest per unit. Even though the smaller size has a cheaper total price, it might be more expensive per unit when you break it down. Of course, don’t buy more than you will use because food waste never saves money! This method of shaking up your grocery list works best with non-perishable foods.

Don’t Ignore Sales and Coupon Deals

As you are probably already aware, paying attention to sales and coupons can really pay off. Instead of buying the same products during every grocery shopping trip, see how much money you can save by buying only products that are on sale or have coupons. In most cases, with a little flexibility you can get similar products to what you usually buy on sale or with coupons. A lot of people think that they can’t find what they need with sales and coupons, but you might be surprised. Also, check for sales before shopping. Going to more than one grocery store might be worth the extra time!

When the Time is Right

Okay, so I really am a creature of habit. I noticed this when I was habitually buying strawberries all year round. I was paying ridiculously high prices for poor quality strawberries during the off-season. Even if you love strawberries as much as I do, try to plan your grocery list around what produce and products are in season. For example, buy apples when they are in season during the fall and strawberries when they are in season in the spring. You can find out when to buy what in our month by month guide to grocery sales!

Saving money isn’t always easy, but with a little flexibility and some effort you’ll be a money-saving pro in no time! So next time you’re at the grocery store, see how much money you can save by shaking up that grocery shopping routine!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.