Keeping within your budget when you grocery shop isn’t always easy. When you’re strolling down the isles and see new and exciting products, it’s hard to resist the urge to put them in your cart. Below are some helpful tips so you can have a quick grocery shop that’s within your budget. Leave a comment on our Facebook page and let us know if these tips helped you!
Have a Plan
Think about what meals you would like to prepare for the coming week and make a list of ingredients based on what you will need during the week. Having a plan or a list before you grocery shop is a great way to know what you need to purchase before you set foot in a grocery store. Bring that list with you when you grocery shop and cross off items as you put them in the cart. This will keep you form purchasing ingredients you don’t need and will keep you within your budget. Knowing which ingredients you need in advance can give you time to research local grocery stores or farmers markets that have those ingredients at the best price. Before you go shopping, go through local newspapers in Coquitlam like the Tri-City news and find coupons for the ingredients that you want.
Eat before you shop
Before you start grocery shopping, make sure you’re full. People who grocery shop on an empty stomach have a higher chance of buying more and overspending. It’s a classic tale of their eyes being bigger than their stomachs. Shopping on a full stomach and allow you to be realistic about what you need, and thus can keep you within budget.
If you’re on-the-go and don’t have time to have a full meal before you start grocery shopping, bring a snack with you! Snacking while you’re grocery shopping can do the same trick. If you’re a coffee-lover, have a cup of coffee while you grocery shop. Coffee can help curb your hunger before you get home so you don’t run the risk of deterring from your grocery list to buy more than what you need.
While shopping with family members or friends can be fun, it can also distract you during your grocery shop. Different people have different likes and preferences when it comes to grocery shopping. Including everyone in your grocery shopping outings can increase your budget and divert you from your list.
Shopping with others can cause you to spend more time in the grocery store than what you need. This could also lead to spending more than what you intended. Shopping alone can allow you to take your list, get the ingredients that you need within your budget, and check-out quickly.
Look For In-Season Vegetables and Fruit
Have you ever seen avocados priced expensively at your grocery store? That’s because in-season groceries are generally cheaper than out-of-season groceries. Generally, in-season groceries are easier to grow and preserve at this particular time of the year. Out of season groceries have to be preserved and transported to get to your grocery store, and that reflects in the price of that particular fruit or vegetable. When you grocery shop next, look for ingredients that are in-season so you can stay within budget. The Coquitlam Farmers Market are a great resource and a great place to ask questions! Ask local farmers which vegetables and fruits are in season to learn more.
Get a Store Savings Card
If you shop at one grocery store the most, get a savings card! A savings card at your local grocery store can save you hundreds of dollars every year. Most grocery stores allow you to sign up for a card for free and collect points. When you have enough points, you can redeem them and get a discount for your grocery purchase. Some grocery stores also have special deals on products for people who have their savings card, so make sure you use it during your grocery shop and see how much you can save!