We know, we know. This seems soooo obvious, but meal planning for the week and making a grocery list can help you stay on task, not waste food and avoid frivolous purchases — like cheese wedges.
Dedicated professionals study the psychology of grocery shopping. For example, shelves at eye level are prime real estate. You’ll often find more expensive items there — or items that attract kids. Or think about this: Between 1975 and 2000, the size of shopping carts tripled. A bigger cart doesn’t mean you have to fill it all the way up. Once you recognize these mind games, you can more easily avoid them.
You know when there’s a BOGO for Nutella — but then you get to the store and it’s gone? Someone else got greedy. Don’t be afraid to ask your grocer for a rain check so you can still snag the sale when the store restocks.
You buy a container of spinach or bundle of avocados, but before you’re able to devour all the green goodness, it goes bad. Avoid wasting money at grocery stores by storing your food properly, so it lasts longer.
Sure, you’ll have to pay for a grocery delivery service if someone brings your groceries to you, but opting to get your groceries dropped off at your door can actually save you a ton of time and money because you’ll be forced to plan out your meals. Plus, there’s no veering off into the snack aisle.
The golden rule of grocery shopping: Thou shall not step into an aisle the least bit hungry. Seriously. You’ll start grabbing anything and everything that looks good. Then, because you’re planning for an immediate meal, you’ll have a ton of fresh, ready-to-eat impulse purchases that’ll linger in your fridge and go bad before you have time to devour them all.
Before your next grocery run, take stock of what’s already in your pantry, fridge and freezer. What can you make with those items? Chances are you have a box of noodles or a carton of eggs. Use those already-purchased staples to build out your weekly meals.
Yes, it’s tempting to buy the already-spiralized zucchini or the pre-cut butternut squash. However, it costs a lot more than buying the “real” thing. Plus, you won’t get nearly as much, and the pre-cut stuff won’t stay fresh nearly as long.
Plain and simple: Meat is expensive. Enough ground beef for tacos for two can cost nearly $8. You might as well go to Taco Bell at that point… To save money on your weekly grocery haul, practice meatless Mondays. Just giving it up once a week can help you save money. Check out these meatless meals to get started.
Ah, the store loyalists. It’s easy to lean into one grocery store. You grow close with its aisles, its products, its cashiers… But you can save a bundle of money by jumping around. Use a grocery comparison chart to determine the best grocery stores to buy your go-to items. For example, you could save a ton of money on paper products at the dollar store. Then, hit up your favorite grocer for your fresh fruits and veggies.