Today Really Simple Money brings you some great money-saving tips on supermarket shopping and how you can introduce some simple measures to cut back on your grocery bills.

  1. Shop alone. When shopping with your partner or loved ones, you often end up with more impulse buys and more things than you planned for.
  2. Shop on a full stomach. You will buy less snacks and treats.
  3. Shop only once a week. You tend to spend more if you stop at the supermarket store several times a week.
  4. 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.
  5. For some of the biggest savings, buy in-house private label products or home brands, they are much cheaper than name brands.
  6. Look out for what’s in season. Fruits and vegetables are cheaper when they are in season.
  7. Avoid buying packaged convenience food and vegetables – they cost much more. The less processed the food, the less it costs.
  8. 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 budget.
  9. If you are on a tight budget, stick to cash and ditch the plastic credit card. This creates a barrier around how much you are going to spend and forces you to stick to buying what you can afford.
  10. Every time you arrive at the check-out counter, pick three to five non-essential items you don’t really need. It will help you shave your grocery bill little by little.

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