3 Simple Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store
Managing cash, coupons, and weekly budgets can be a daughting way to saving at the store if you're just starting out on the money-saving path. When trying to save money, taking simple steps is easier to make a habit of having a money-saving mindset. Try these simple steps:
About 65% of the items in our baskets when we group shop are unplanned, an eight percentage point increase over shopping alone, according to that same Marketing Science Institute study. The the people you're shopping with, the more likely you are to make impulse purchases. So leave your spouse and your kids behind.
Use Self Checkout.
According to a study by IHL Consulting Group, impulse purchases dropped by 32% for women and about 17% for men when shoppers used the self-checkout line instead of a staffed checkout. There is less merchandise for you to pick up last minute around self-checkout stands, and the wait time is typically shorter—giving you less time with those tempting items. Our own best guess is that this also works because people don't want to go through self checkout lines with two carts full of groceries, so you're more likely to get what you absolutely need.
Buy for 10 weeks at a time.
This takes a little planning ahead, but it's worth it. According to money-saving blogger Leslie Lambert of Lamberts Lately, sales run through cycles, typically on an 8 to 12 week rotation. Calculate how much meat, cereal and other staples you use in a week, buy 10 when they're a deal to see you through the weeks ahead when the item will be at full price. You can buy 10 more when the item are on sale again.