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How To Save Money At The Grocery Store

Updated on October 13, 2008

Shop smart, not convenient.

The majority of us waste more money on gas going to the grocery store 3 and 4 times a week then we do on those impulse items screaming to jump in our shopping carts. Just because the grocery store may only be 10 minutes down the road doesn't mean that it's ok to go multiple times a week. By the time you have done this you could have purchased another nights supper had you of made a list for the week and got it all in one shot.

Grocery store savings cards, are they really a savings?? Sure, you can save money using these taking advantage of buy one get one free deals. But if you don't need the featured special item then why buy it? Example: Chips Ahoy Cookies are buy one get one free. They have a resealable closure so they will stay fresh and they are very convenient to just open and eat when you want a snack. But are they practical? Unless you have eight kids or are having a party why would you need to eat two bags of cookies? Buy the ingredients to make your own cookies. Sure it will be a little more costly than the Chips Ahoy, but you won't make all of them at one time, hence being cheaper. You won't have to buy more ingredients for a while and can have fresh baked cookies whenever you want, much better than store bought. Worried about freshness, store the cookies you don't eat in an air tight container until you want some more.

Check your newspaper for coupons. Will they save you money?? Sure, if you need the item that the coupon is for. However, if you buy a Swifter Wet Jet just because you have a coupon for $4.00 off and you already own a mop that works just fine, you have saved nothing! When you know what you need, try searching the internet for a coupon for that particular item, print it out and be proud of your savings.

Don't go to the grocery store hungry, if you do, you will spend more money on junk and likely forget to get something that truly was important.

Make a list before you leave home. Look in your cabinets and refrigerator , if you may run out of something then get more. Make sure you check expiration dates, don't assume because you have eggs that they are good. You'll wind up wasting gas going back to the store 3 days later to spend $2 on some eggs, and probably more on those new special offers that jump off every end cap you walk by going to the eggs.

Better yet, make a list and have someone else to go get your groceries for you. A teenager would be happy to go and pick up your list for you, for 5 or 10 dollars. Its better to pay a teenager 5 or 10 dollars, than to be lured in to spending $30 or $40 more than you intended to pay.

Lastly, go alone. When we take our children grocery shopping with us we are distracted by them asking for everything in the store. They "have to have a Lunchable for school", they "have to have some Dora snacks", they "have to have some Mondo juice", they" have to have a new notebook for school." Us moms have heard it all and no matter how many times we have the come to Jesus meeting in the car before we even go in, there is this hypnotizing machine right at the entrance that turns our children into greedy little beggars. We get so irritated by their begging and want nothing more than to get out of that store and take them heathens home. We can't concentrate, we forget things, wind up giving in and buying them one of those impulse consolation prizes at the check out for being so bad, speed the whole way home, put away the groceries and don't even want to think about cooking.

In a nut shell, shop smart, not convenient.


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    • mylittleangels profile image


      10 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great Tips Thanks!!!!!!!

    • Lgali profile image


      11 years ago

      nice tips

    • knslms profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Sounds like you live in the country like me (NC) It has many advantages though.

    • JennHollowell profile image


      11 years ago from Richmond, Maine USA

      I'm lucky when it comes to this one - our grocery stores are far away (one is twenty minutes away, and the other is a half hour away) - so, we plan our trips to be once per week. That way, we get everything we need and we're saving gas. And, if we run out of milk, we can hit the corner store down the road.

    • sukritha profile image


      12 years ago from Cochin

      Nice Tips Keep Going

    • gabriella05 profile image


      12 years ago from Oldham

      All true great hub


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