Intro: In this article, we are talking about the things we need to consider to be able to save up money from grocery shopping. Some of you may think this only applies to adults,
In this article, we are talking about the things we need to consider to be able to save up money from grocery shopping. Some of you may think this only applies to adults, because, it is their job anyway. Well, no! When it comes to saving up money, it is wise, especially for parents to teach their children to save up money at a young age. This will also open their mind and help them be aware of how much the things in the world cost; so, when they grow up, they will learn on how to appreciate little things and they could also pass on this knowledge to their future family.
If recently or in the past months or years you’ve had a problem concerning food wastage, perhaps you have obtained one of what I call bad shopping habits. Are you easily attracted to the items you see in grocery racks with promos, package-deals or ‘additional two(2)-pieces’? Yes? Well, then you are so guilty. Did you buy a product on the sale or clearance section before; thinking it will cost you less but end up rotting it in the fridge? If yes, you are beyond guilty! If so let’s take on to the tip number:
- Create A Grocery List
It is undeniably time-consuming to check every section of our kitchen-pantry and refrigerator to list down ingredients we have run out of. As most things become more expensive as our time progress, it also cost us to work full-time or sometimes needing overtime leaving us a little time for ourselves and to even regulate our household chores particularly, groceries. I made this procedure below especially for the busy-working parents to save their quality time.
Timewise procedure of creating a grocery-list
If your shopping pattern is by every month or fortnightly I suggest to change it to a weekly basis. Most of the common and basic ingredients in our kitchen expire within days, so for us to have good quality food.
Have a notepad that you could stick on to your refrigerator to write things.
Separate your groceries into these categories: dry goods, protein, dairy, liquids, vegetable, and special ingredient.
If you ran out ingredients in your kitchen, write it on the notepad rather than brainstorming it all at one time.
This should at least lessen the stress you could get from wandering-clueless in the grocery store for hours thinking about what you need and what you don’t have in your kitchen.
2. Stick With The Budget
For the most adults out there that buy their own grocery, you should at least know the expense that you are putting on to our food weekly or monthly. If you set an exact amount for a week budget, stick to it. You do not necessarily need to buy a $20 dollar worth of non-essential stuff just to meet your $200 budget if your bill is only $180. Some of the things that tempt us to spend above our budget are the promo deals and items on sale. It is really a no-brainer if we see items that are unusually cheap than their original price, so we tend to buy them thinking we would save more. Business is business and these have been their marketing strategy long time ago. They would not put prices so low, that could cost their company to lose, so do not think that you outsmart them whereas the truth is they have marketed you.
3. Use Reusable Bags
Although plastic bags are not free, we often just ignore the fact that it still has a value, even if it is only cents! As a personal experience, whenever I buy grocery I tend to always forget to carry my reusable bags. For me or us to not forget to carry these bags, get a container, fold the bags inside and stock it somewhere in your car. Remember that cents might not hurt our pockets, but within the whole year of purchasing grocery, it could at least be a decent amount that could buy an essential item rather than spending it to plastics. In the plus side, mother nature would be proud of you.
4. Have A Money Bank
What’s the reason of you saving if it only goes to your other expenses? Better to have something like a piggy bank where you can set aside your money from your grocery savings or if you use card, make an account that all your savings from grocery budget could go to.
It is also wise to have a notebook that you can write all your food expenses whether it is from outside or inside your kitchen. This is for you to be informed at the end of the month or year, if how much of your income is going solely to your food consumption. Also, the information could be useful for any plan of change of diet and so on.
We do not usually see these issues on the web or social media, because, who cares about grocery shopping when there are ‘Maccas’ and heaps of fish-and-chips stores around? But, this is a topic that we should give a care about. Things have becoming expensive as the progression of time. This year and onwards is the time we should set aside excuses and be wise of our endeavours.