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4 Do’s and Don’ts of Grocery Shopping on a Budget

When you are grocery shopping it is always important to set some ground rules so you won’t go overboard. This is especially important when it comes to shopping on a budget. When you are shopping and trying to save money it can seem challenging and difficult however it doesn’t have to be. With these simple do’s and don’ts and a little planning on your part can make a huge difference in how you shop and save. Continue below to find out more. 

4 Do’s

Do look for discounts and deals

Looking for discounts and deals on products is one of the first things to do when going grocery shopping. Additionally, making a habit of this can save you so much time and money. There are quite a few websites on the internet, such as Kimbino and Coupon Annie, that provide you with information on different kinds of sales about any brand. 

For example, Kimbino includes online leaflets containing different deals and discounts from many well-known brands such as Costco, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, and Morrisons to name a few. You can get deals on some high-quality products such as chicken filets, different types of chocolates, gravy, and more that you could very well miss if you don’t check before going to the store. Always check for discounts before making a purchase. 

TIP: You can even search for the product and see if there are any reduced prices! For example, if you search for “burger” on Kimbino’s homepage search bar, you will discover that it’s been on sale since Monday of this week at Costco offers!

Do compare prices

Comparing the prices of products with items from different brands will help you in finding good deals on similar items and ensure a secure economic environment. This can also help you in discovering which of the retailers have the greatest overall pricing. 

Do maintain a record of your expenses

When you keep a record of each of your expenses can make sticking to a budget easier. You can use a calculator or app to work out the total of what you were planning to spend. In addition to that, have in mind a certain amount of money that you plan to spend and work around that. Don’t shop blindly. 

Do double check your receipt

Many times a mistake will be made when the cashier is scanning your items. Before you leave, take a moment to review the receipt and check if all items were scanned successfully as well as check if the discounts were applied. If you notice any mistakes go to customers service and have them review your receipt and get it credited. 

4 Don’ts

Don’t shop hungry

Shopping hungry is never a good idea and it can completely cloud your judgment, making you think you need more than you actually do. When you are hungry shopping, you might forget about your list and speed through the store picking out items that you will not even need. More money is spent as a result of buying additional, unnecessary things which results in you going back to the store to purchase the items you did need. Research shows that you spend 60% more when you are shopping hungry! That could be a considerable amount of money saved! 

Don’s go shopping without a list

Making a shopping list of the required items and sticking to it is key when you are on a budget. This cuts down on the time spend shopping as well as keeps you from purchasing items you don’t need. At the beginning of the week, you can plan out what kind of meals you are going to eat for the upcoming week and then make a list of the ingredients needed. Check your cart and if you notice you picked up items that aren’t on your list and return them.

Don’t purchase out of season

Buy seasonal food in order to save money and eat better. Seasonal food is fresh and local and at the same time, less expensive. When you want to buy exotic foods that are out of season it will be more expensive considering the shipping and transportation fees as well as the environmental pollution and energy costs. 

Don’t shop at check out

The items at the checkout can be very tempting. There are usually these small pieces of items such as gum, candies, magazines, and others which would seem as if they wouldn’t make a dent into your bank account. However, when you are shopping on a budget and purchasing these not-so-expensive items every time you are at the check out it can have a negative impact on your plan to save. Shop wisely. 

About the Author

Linda Jeasie

Linda Jeasie is a writer and content editor with over a decade of experience covering consumer gadgets and mobile tech. Before going freelance, she got her start as an editor at MoneyGuide.com, a coupon and review website. These days she writes about gaming, life hacks, apps and software, and financial subjects for a variety of publications.