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FINDING THE BONUSES: BEST ULTIMATE WAYS HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON SHOPPING IN SUPERMARKETS AND GROCERIES

It is very difficult to avoid buying things in supermarkets, which you currently don‘t need. Everything works against you: the smell of freshly baked goods and nice music, yellow labels, and large fonts for discounts – it is clear why many customers buy more than they need and at a higher price. Looking for discounts is a good idea,  but it is not enough. That’s a pity there are no welcome bonuses in supermarkets, as in online casinos, aren‘t they? Most people who have experience in gambling, know about welcome bonuses. Just check it here: 20Bet welcome bonus. But are there any similar bonuses in supermarkets and groceries except simple discount cards and price reductions? Yes, there are, but these opportunities are hidden. 

SHOPPING STRATEGY – THE FIRST STEPS

Before you go to the store, have a good meal. You can always tell yourself that your mind is not affected by hunger, but British scientists know that hungry people buy 15 to 20 percent more than others.  And never go into a store without a shopping list.  All the marketers and merchandisers in the world are powerless against the shopper with a shopping list.

Then plan your menu, because making a menu-based shopping list automatically reduces your food costs. Before you go to the store, check what food do you already have at home: in the fridge, in the freezer, on the shelves, etc. 

Don’t take the kids with you to the store, when possible. The child in the store will make you voluntarily and involuntarily buy him something delicious. 

And there is one simple rule – the less often you go to the store, the less money you will spend. Make a menu for the week and buy groceries once for the whole week.

BASKET, SHELVES, AND UNWASHED POTATOES – SIMPLE RULES WHICH MANY PEOPLE FORGET

At the store take a basket, not a cart. If you plan to buy a lot, take a small cart, not a big one. Subconsciously your brain seeks to fill the entire volume of the basket or cart, which means it will treacherously seek to buy more than it needs. And anyway, In the store, don’t look in departments you don’t need. Not even for the sake of interest.  Not only are washed vegetables more expensive than unwashed ones, but they are also worse for storage. Always buy unwashed carrots, potatoes and etc.

Do not buy sliced foods (sausage, cheese, bread, etc.), they are more expensive than the normal ones. Don’t buy ready-made salads at the store. Make at-home quick five-minute-two-cup salads: grated carrots and apples, cabbage and carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes, etc.

Sometimes it can even be useful to go to the store with a calculator. Do not be afraid to seem boring. 

When choosing a product, first look at its composition, then at the price, and only then – the packaging. It is also important to remember, the same product in the store with the same composition can be sold under different brands. Thus, the price may vary. Read the labels, compare the weight. There is no point in paying for beautiful packages.  It is better to prefer a similar product, which is 20% more expensive, but it is 50% bigger.

And always check the expiration date. Perhaps the low price or an impressive discount on the product is precise because the expiration date is today or tomorrow? Take only those products that have an expiration date that will allow you to eat them in time.

Think about the situation – sometimes it is advantageous to buy in large packages, sometimes it is more profitable to buy products in small ones. Before buying, calculate with a calculator which package is more profitable in terms of price. 

SAVING MONEY AT HOME – WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO AFTER AND BEFORE SHOPPING 

So, you saved an amount of money on shopping. But don’t forget to save on products also staying at home. It’s quite simple.

First of all, look for cheap receipts on the Internet. Take them as a basis for creating your own family menu.

Cook in large quantities and freeze (preserve) leftovers. For example, you can make large amounts of Bolognese sauce. You can eat some of it right away and freeze some of it. It will be cheaper than buying it in small jars in the store. Try to fry less and bake more. This will not only save oil but also reduce the caloric content of the dish.

To save money on meat dishes, don’t cook the meat separately and the side dish separately. Give preference to dishes “two in one” (like casseroles). In large cities, chain stores often offer free delivery of their goods at the same price as on the shop floor. This is advantageous in that you can leisurely compare all the goods (by weight and composition) at home, choose the most profitable and at the same time not to lose time for a trip and the choice in the store itself.

Take lunch with you to work. You cannot cook it specially and take a part of breakfast or yesterday’s dinner.

Freeze seasonal produce in the summer when vegetables, fruits, herbs, and berries cost pennies. In the winter, those supplies will be golden.

Avoid shopping at convenience stores, shop at hypermarkets, or small wholesale grocery stores. The larger the store or chain, the lower the markup they can charge. The lower the markup, the cheaper the products are for you.

Buy in small bulk – it’s cheaper. Organize a joint purchase with neighbors, friends, relatives.

Greens are expensive in winter. And you can grow them on a windowsill in a city apartment for free.

Try to keep meals away from home to a minimum. Home-cooked meals are almost always cheaper than meals in restaurants and cafes.

Before ordering from a café or restaurant, look carefully at the menu. Almost every establishment has an opportunity to eat lunch/dinner inexpensively. These include set lunches (or business lunches), “two-for-one” promotions, special promotions on specific dishes, etc.

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.