How To Save on Groceries by Kicking These 7 Bad Habits
According to Business Insiders, humans are able to survive up to three weeks without the consumption of food. Water, on the other hand, is a different story. Regardless of how much you eat in order to sustain your health, you need food, point blank. Food can add up to be one of our highest monthly expenses which is why I will give you 7 tips on how to save on groceries.
If your personal finances are important to you then consider cutting down on eating out/ordering in, and instead cook your own meals. The servings will be bigger, the cost will be less, and you won’t have to worry about that annoying delivery charge followed by a nice tip. Your food may taste like dirt, but on the bright side, you’ll have more dolla dolla bills in your pocket.
In this blog post, I will not cover things like “what you shouldn’t buy like spices, junk food, etc.” You can read that blog post here! 10 Things to Stop Buying At the Grocery Store to Save Money.
I also did a guest blog post over at Onecentatatime: 5 Secrets on How You Can Save on Groceries
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7 Habits That You Need To Stop to Save Money
1. Grocery shopping when you’re hungry.
My dad calls this đôi mắt, which when translated into English means hungry eyes. This is when you’re so hungry that your eyes become bigger than your stomach. You become overwhelmed by the sensation and desire to eat everything you see.
Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry and plan out your grocery list beforehand. The list will help you stick to a plan and your full stomach will prevent you from being tempted by things you don’t need.
2. Shopping at the fancy grocery stores
Not all grocery stores are made equal. Different grocery stores keep different priorities in check,
- E-commerce/Online shopping = Convenience
- Conventional Supermarkets = Customer Satisfaction, Appealing displays, Grocery bagging service, customer-service desk, etc.
- Discount = Cheaper prices
Each level of the type of store can be a mix between each other depending on the company, but this is just a rough idea.
If you’re the type of shopper who doesn’t care about all the extra fancy shmancy services then I recommend to look up other markets who prioritizes good price instead of store ambiance. You may find the prices will be significantly cheaper because the retailers will be able to sell it closer to their cost.
3. Not buying in bulk
For those items that you constantly consume or use can be bought in bulk. These bulk sizes can be a lot cheaper when you calculate how much you’re actually paying per unit. I.e. Toilet paper.
Note: Don’t buy in bulk if you’re not going to utilize the cost-savings of each unit. Many people tend to buy the bigger size because it is clearly a lot cheaper to buy the bigger volume, but they only end up using 10%. The other 90% is wasted.
4. Buying expensive name brands
Don’t be afraid to try the cheaper brand, because sometimes it can taste identical and maybe even better!
Some brands are owned under the same parent company. Meaning that the branch company uses the exact same ingredient from the parent company, but just slapped on with a whole new label. So you’re basically getting the same exact thing but without the name brand on the packaging.
5. Not shopping with a flyer
Looking at the flyers can be a good way for you to plan your meals especially if you’re bored with the same old dry chicken breast.
You can always find online flyers on websites such as redflagdeals so you can plan before you head out. Online flyers are a convenient way for you to compare flyers among different grocery stores (if you want to be aggressive with your savings then you can compare prices between the flyers and ask for a “price-match” or drive to the next store after.)
When looking at flyers, be sure to look at other pages instead of just the front page. The front page is an eye-grabber that lures customers in, but little do they know that there are also other goodies on sale if they just turn the page.
6. Not utilizing coupons
Coupons can be a good way for you to save some money on groceries. Just keep in mind the cost versus the benefit of it. Is it really worth cutting through the newspaper and searching the web for coupons just to save a few bucks? If you have the spare time to do so or you happen to see a few laying around then be sure to utilize it!
Also, another point to mention is that even though you have a coupon, you shouldn’t always use it. Most coupons will only give you a discount if you buy more than one or spend x amount of dollars, so ask yourself: “do I need $20 worth of chocolate in order to get $5 off?”. If it’s a staple that you’ll know you’ll use (eg. toilet paper, detergent, etc.) then, by all means, stock up and save that cash money.
7. Forgetting to double check your receipt
There are over 1000 products in the store so, what is the likely hood of some of those price tags being outdated? Pretty high.
Like any business, they don’t have a perfect system. The paper price tags will not automatically change when the prices are changed in the system. And yes, it is the worker’s job to make sure the labels are up to date, but mistakes do happen.
If you got overcharged then politely raise it to the cashier and ask if the difference can be refunded. A rule of thumb that many people don’t realize is that you’ll end up getting more from being polite but firm than being a complete dick.
How to save on groceries by getting rid of these 7 bad habits. Habits are tough to kick, but now you know what is preventing you from saving extra cash in your pocket. If you want to learn more ways on how you can save more money then definitely check out my other blog posts!