by Ely West
Most people's budgets are getting tighter and tighter these days. With all of the penny pinching going on it's bound to hit the grocery budget sooner or later. But where can you save money on groceries? With some smart shopping, cheap groceries can be found at your nearest grocery.
Below are 7 tips to help you cut back on your grocery bill and maybe even eat healthier.
Plan your meals and make a list. When you go to the grocery store, stick to that list. The only exception to this is if it would make sense to buy some special offers or combinations which will save you money and are items that you need and will use.
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables. These are usually cheaper than their packaged and processed counterparts. They are also better for you. If you have a local farmers market, it can be a great place to shop for these items as well as supporting your local farmers.
One of the most obvious ways to get cheap groceries is to use coupons. Many people believe that the amount saved is not worth the time and trouble but those nickels, dimes and quarters can add up. There are also coupons available online so check around.
Check the upper and lower shelves when picking out items. An item's placement on the shelves is not an accident. Stores place their higher profit items where it is easiest for you to pick up. Picking the store brands usually on the other shelves can save you quite a bit of money.
Take a calculator with you. When comparing the price of similar items make sure that you are comparing apples to apples and not apples to oranges. Two packages may look like they weigh similar enough but often one is just slightly smaller. Calculate the per ounce price or something similar depending on the item.
Check your receipts for any discrepancies. Although the check out gal or guy may be honest mistakes still happen. Especially when you have a cart load or two or items.
Buying in bulk can be an excellent way to get cheap groceries. Be careful though, use that calculator you have with you to be sure. Some research may be necessary to be assured you are getting the most bang for your buck. One other consideration when buying in bulk is do you have room for storage of all of that food. Also, buying in bulk can lead to food spoilage so a system to use the older foods first is needed.
A few final points. Now that you have your cheap groceries remember that it is much less expensive to cook at home than it is to eat out. Also, with gas prices so high it may not make sense to drive all over town looking for the best bargains. Paying attention to the points above can help you cut down on your grocery bill.
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