Every week, Really Simple Money brings you some great money-saving tips. Today we focus on supermarket shopping and how you can introduce some simple measures to cut back on your bills.
81) Plan your meals for the week before you shop. Then just buy what’s on the menu.
82) Shop on a full stomach. You will buy less snacks and treats.
83) Try not to shop when you are tired or worn out after a busy day. It’s much easier to focus and make wise choices when you are fresh and full of energy.
84) Shop only once a week. You tend to spend more if you stop at the supermarket store several times a week.
85) Even if you stick to a shopping list, you should always shop with a calculator and add things up as you put them in your cart – you will be surprised how quickly your grocery bill mounts up. It will also help you stick to your spending budget.
86) Every time you arrive at the check-out counter, look into your cart and pick three to five non-essential items you don’t really need. There will be things which you will not need till next week so you don’t really have to buy them now. It will shave your grocery bill little by little.
87) If you are on a tight budget, stick to cash when grocery shopping. This creates a barrier around how much you are going to spend and forces you to stick to buying what you can afford.
88) Ditch the plastic credit card. Many consumers say they have become so “swipe-happy” that they end up buying far too much when they visit the supermarket.
89) Clean out your fridge once a month. Use up what you bought before buying more.
90) Organise your food storage cupboards and drawers. If you don’t know what you have or can’t find what you bought, you’ll end up buying more of the same unnecessarily.