Purpose of any grocery shopping is to do it on a budget. After all, supermarkets want to sell as much as possible and earn a profit. We’ve made up a few tips for cost-effective grocery shopping, which you may find useful.
Always make a list
Cost-effective shopping is based on planning. If you don’t want to lose your head over abundance of products in a supermarket, always prepare a list of everything you need before you go and stick to it. Shopping with a list reduces chances of impulse buying.
Don’t go when you are hungry
Going to a supermarket feeling hungry means a lot of extra food in your shopping basket. Doing it on a full stomach, on the contrary, will help to keep your head and buy what you need, and not what you would like to eat right now.
Compare prices per kilogram or per litre
You see one and the same product in similar packages from different manufacturers at the same price. Take a better look. You will see that one package is 200 g and the other is 180 g. This is an old, yet still efficient marketing trick. So if you want to know the real price, compare value per kilogram or per litre, which nowadays is often mentioned on a package below the price per product.
Don’t take a look at things you haven’t planned to buy
All spontaneous purchases are made because a buyer decides to take a look, to touch, to smell or try something appealing to him/her. The more attention you pay to something, the higher chances are you will end up buying it. High risk area is a queue for the cashier. That’s where most of the spontaneous purchases are made.
Take a shopping basket instead of a shopping cart
If your shopping list is not long, always take a little shopping cart or even a basket. The larger the basket is, the emptier it will look and you would surely want to add something.
Do your shopping alone
If you do shopping together with your family, chances to buy something unplanned are much higher, especially if you shop with kids, who would surely want a treat of some kind. Make a shopping budget. Managing money sensibly and cost-effectively means not only making a list of purchases and a record of money spent, but also planning your expenses. By making a maximum shopping budget for a week or a month you motivate yourself to stick to it. This is an efficient method for limiting impulse buying and harnessing financial self-discipline.