Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Save money at the supermarket - These 11 tips show you how

Everyone, from the lowest paid chimney sweeper to the business executive with his private jet, doesn't want to pay more for anything than they have too. A generalisation we know, and having done no analysis it's a guess, but we think it stands true! So in this spirit, we provide the following 11 secret tips to help you save money at the grocery store.

Tip 1: Spend some time in your neighbourhood comparison shopping: Undertake some comparison shopping at several of your local supermarkets or hypermarkets and see which comes up cheaper for your shopping needs.

Tip 2: You don't have to buy everything at the one place: One store may have cheaper nappies while another has cheaper and fresher produce. Plan your shopping route though so that it's efficient.

Tip 3: Make sure you can carry all of your groceries home: This is an out of the box tip, but if you don't drive, it could cost you more in taxi fares if you find out you can't carry all of your groceries back.

Tip 4: Become a member of the supermarket/hypermarket: Overtime you will get discounts and the occasional free give away.

Tip 5: Research what their membership program offers: Eg is it two for ones or discounts. Once you know what they offer you can match in your shopping to take advantage of it.

Tip 6: Check out the stores delivery policies: It may be that they provide free delivery after you spend a certain amount.

Tip 7: Use your supermarkets weekly sales to plan your meals: If your supermarket has items on sale, then use these as a base to plan your shopping. As well as saving money it will also add a bit of variety to your cooking.

Tip 8: Have an eating plan: Develop up a quick eating plan, and you will be less likely to make unnecessary trips and impulse buy. Consider your main meals as well as your snack foods.

Tip 9: Get to know when sales occur: If your local supermarket offers cheaper chicken breasts one week each month, buy all of your chicken for the month that week and freeze it. This tip alone could save you up to $300 over the course of a year.

Tip 10: Shop at the store with the best price for that week: Don't be afraid to change stores as well. If you get a catalogue in the mail that show a lot of your normal items will be on special, then shop at that store.

Tip 11: Do a light shop if there are no sales on: If you are shopping in a week that doesn't have any sales then just do a light shop.

So what are you waiting for? Print this list out and start saving money now!

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