Shopping and Sale. I used to associate these words with my clothes, shoes, and bags before but now they’re equivalent to Groceries! This is now my retail therapy. Do not feel sad for me because I really enjoy it as it serves as my mini ME time aside from the usual series watching, social media surfing and eating I do whenever Seb is down for the night.
And so being at it for a few years now, I think I can claim a little expertise on the subject and since Inflation reach its peak now and can really be felt, this seems to be a negative impact of the TRAIN law but let’s not get to that.
As I was saying, now that all products and services have become pricey I want to share my little ways of saving in one of the biggest factors where the household budget is allocated. GROCERIES.
8 Things I Do To Save Money and Budget On Groceries
1. SHOP ALONE
If you want to stay on budget then this is a must to avoid extra items riding on your grocery budget. Also, you can focus and read items more carefully, even to the point of comparing two items side by side leisurely.
This is an excerpt from My Simple Self-Care Ways to Be A Happier Mom post
Another thing, It serves as my mini MOM ME time. Where I can just go on my usual pace, actually listen to music and sing along (I have my earphones on while shopping). To avoid Mom Guilt for not bringing my baby I buy him a snack or toy so he is excited to open them once I am home.
Also, I make sure to have a day where I bought my toddler to the store just to buy snacks. It’s one of our bonding time and he gets to choose the snacks he wants himself. One trick I use – put on canned goods in the cart so he has something to stock, pile up while we go rounds and it is effective!
2. DO NOT SHOP WHEN HUNGRY
The term “Takaw Tingin” has its basis. You feel the need to have it all because when you’re hungry everything seems so tasty right? Grab a bite first before going in. You’ll see its effect in your receipt afterwards.
3. SET A BUDGET AND BRING A CALCULATOR
If you are the type who shops every payday then most likely you already have a grasp amount of your groceries for the necessities only and know how much it spikes up when you added the luxuries. Bringing a calculator and adding in price of every item may be a tedious task but it serves as your guideline to be aware of your budget limit.
4. VEER AWAY FROM BRANDED ITEMS
I’m sure you have your tried and tested products already and they sure come with the common brands we see on TV commercials. But do you really need a branded one for your iodized salt? baking soda? eggs? And other what nots. There are branded items worth purchasing and there are some that generics will do. It costs less but serves the same purpose. Once its out of that packaging you see no difference.
5. BUY IN BULK AND BIG QUANTITIES
I do this for detergents, shampoo, soaps and other long expiry products because I find sachets too non-earth friendly to the point of just being inconsiderate. I also like those products with the +20% more claims. Wether its true or not, I fall for it.
6. LOOK FOR DISCOUNTED DEALS
There are usual deals in soy sauce and vinegar combo, toothbrush and toothpaste, napkins and pantyliners, diapers and wipes. Either they are priced less or you get a freebie item, which usually are trial packs.
7. BEFORE CHECKING OUT, RE-SCAN YOUR ITEMS
This does not take too much time, just stop in one corner and look into your basket to check your items and see if you missed anything or some pricey item/luxury had been in (that’s not supposed to be there).
8. USE REWARD CARDS TO EARN POINTS
We know how this works and if you are consistent enough, points accumulation is a breeze as one grocery trip costs more than a thousand now. And if you reach enough points, it can be use to purchase.
Remember, sticking on a budget is good but not to the point of sacrificing quality. Smart shopping is key. Knowing your brands and when to settle should be balanced.
There goes my list and I hope this has given you some tips to apply on your next grocery shopping.
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