Shake Up Your Grocery List to Save
Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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
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!