There are two types of grocery shoppers, the coupon cutters and the non coupon cutters. I have fallen into both camps at one time or another. While popular media may tell you that you can’t save money on groceries unless you use coupons, this is not true. The famous tightwad herself, Amy Dacyczyn, author of the newsletter (and now books) called “The Tightwad Gazette” was never a big fan of coupons.
If you choose not to use coupons, then follow the following eight rules. And of course, they are good to know even if you do use coupons.
Shop with a grocery list
When using a grocery list, you can avoid impulse purchases. Impulse purchases are a quick way to increase your food bill, and grocery stores do all that they can to entice you into buying things that you didn’t anticipate buying.
Compare unit pricing
The only way to truly know if something is a bargain is to compare the unit pricing on items. I have seen things marked up when they are on sale, larger packages costing more per unit than smaller packages and name brands costing less than generics. So look at those numbers and take a calculator if you need one.
Buy in season
Produce is getting very expensive. So are other forms of groceries. Buy things in season, and you will naturally save. Turkeys in summer and strawberries in winter may be available, but they will cost you extra money.
Buy frozen instead of fresh
If you really want something that is out of season, then consider purchasing the groceries frozen instead of fresh. Actually this can apply when the item is in season as well. Frozen foods are very nutritious, since they are usually frozen very shortly after being harvested. There is usually a lower cost to the production of frozen food compared to fresh, and that savings can be passed on to you.
Check back for the next post when I will share the next four tips.
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