It is common knowledge that grocery shopping on an empty stomach means you will buy additional items you don’t need and that you will spend more if you carelessly eat out often. So simply don’t do it! Plan your meals in advance and your shopping list ahead of time – this keeps money in your pocket.
I’m a budget-conscious shopper and grew up doing the weekly shopping trip with my mom. I budget my spend and ball-park my bill based on the items in my cart, and I’m usually quite close. During the week, I keep a running grocery list on Google Keep and use Flipp app for all my flyer shopping. Keep allows me to check off the items as I add them to my cart and Flipp is amazing for highlighting items in the flyer I should grab and for price matching (which many stores now offer). It’s totally worth the 10-15 minutes each week I spend flipping through the flyers and picking out the items I need. I shop based on what’s on sale that week and if there’s an amazing deal, I buy extra and freeze it where possible.
I keep a whiteboard on my fridge and plan out our dinners that week based on what I have at home already and what I plan to buy from the flyers. This ensures that I’m using up my previously purchased items and that I’m maximizing my budget to make affordable meals. Now, of course there are a few items I add that aren’t in the flyer or on sale that week, but if you can get 75% or more of your items on sale, you’re saving a great deal of money each week. And once in a while, we treat ourselves to dinner out – but we try to be reasonable about it. Even taking advantage of the 10% off coupons you get in the mail/newspapers helps.
So my advice is plan your meals in advance, shop based on flyer deals and plan meals accordingly, and only buy what you need. Then watch your savings grow!
I’m working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to explore beyond the border. Sharing my tips, trips, opinions and rants on life and travel in the meantime.