Do you ever make a trip to the grocery store to just pick up a few things and then as you check out you fork over $80 only to come home and not have the item you originally made the trip to the store for?
You are doing grocery shopping ALL wrong. Don’t worry it isn’t your fault.
According to market researcher Paco Underhill and author of Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping, 60-70% of purchases made at grocery stores are impulse buys. Grocery stores are setup in a way for you to add items into your chart and make impulse purchases.
I consistently get my food for only $20-$40 a week. Here are three steps on how to spend less on food.
1.) Do It
Just like Nike says, ‘Do it.’ Make weekly grocery shopping part of what you do. When you eat primarily at restaurants and fast food chains you are paying significantly more on food. Get in the habit of eating out just for special occasions like birthdays. When you brown bag it you save thousands of dollars a year. Need proof? Check out my previous post, Would You Rather Eat Out For Lunch Everyday or go on a 21 Day Trip to Asia?
Going once a week for grocery shopping is the sweet spot. If you find yourself making multiple trips throughout the week you probably feel like you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off. If you go once every other week you may find that you don’t have enough food at home to eat so then you end up eating out more.
2.) Make a List and Check it Twice
Santa was on to something with checking lists twice. Before you go to the grocery store make a list of what you need for the week. Check the list once before you go to the store to make sure you have everything on your list you will need for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, and also toiletries (like shampoo, toilet paper, etc.). Literally go through your pantry to see what you have already and what you need.
When you are at the grocery store bring your list and then check it twice. As you find items at the store check them off your list and ONLY get items that are on your list which will help you avoid impulse buys.
3.) Look at Prices
When you are shopping take just a few seconds to stop and look at the prices of the items you are buying and get the lowest priced item. The difference really does add up. For example, the leading brand of 24 oz. spaghetti sauce was $7.88 versus $1.68 for the off brand.
Try this system out for grocery shopping: do it, make a list and check it twice, and look at prices. Don’t know what to make or get from the store? Here are easy meals to make at home.
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