Many people can feel overwhelmed as they try to sort through the varying sales, promotions, prices and endless choices. Staying within your budget can be hard and simply putting a grocery list together can be challenging.
But saving money at the grocery store doesn’t have to be out of reach. Here are a few tricks for you to try.
Use a smaller cart
Just as using smaller dinner plates can help you eat less, using smaller grocery carts can help you buy less food, according to recent studies. Even if you’ve gathered everything on your list, a larger cart can trick you into thinking you don’t have enough food because there is still room left to be filled. If smaller carts aren’t available, fill up the larger carts with inexpensive staple items.
Check the unit price
Most food pricing displays a unit price. The unit price is the price of the item divided by the measuring unit (pound, ounce, quart, etc.). If you are looking to buy yogurt where one is $0.72 for 6 ounces and another is $1.62 for 32 ounces check the unit price too. In this instance, the 32 ounce yogurt actually has a lower unit price ($1.62 / 32 = $0.05 vs. $0.72 / 6 = $0.12). Even though you’re spending a little more money, the larger yogurt will last you longer and has a lower unit price, which saves you more money in the long run.
Buy in season
Food that is in season is typically cheaper, especially when it comes to produce. Strawberries in the winter are very expensive compared to their price in the summer.
Be flexible with your items
If you can be flexible with your grocery items you can end up saving a lot of money. Try frozen fruit and vegetables for some items. They’re still good for you and can be less expensive. Buy store brands if possible. These are typically less expensive and many name brand retailers make store brands.