Previously, I’ve shared lots of great tips on how to save money by using coupons. However, there still great ways to save even if you don’t have time to use coupons. Here are a few tips:
- Purchase items on Sale – check store flyers for weekly sale items and plan dinners for the week based on those sale items. If you have time, shop the sales at a couple of grocery stores.
- Make a List – keep a store list available so that you can add items as you notice that you are running low on them. If you give yourself enough time, you can pick up that item on a week when it’s on sale. Also, add needed groceries for the entire week so they you only have to make one trip each week. Making multiple trips can add up or you may make a convenience purchase will will likely cost more.
- Only Purchase Items on Your Shopping List – make sure you bring your list with you to the store and ONLY purchase those items. Impulse buys are sure to blow your budget.
- Don’t Go Grocery Shopping When Hungry – if you are hungry, you are much more likely to make impulse purchases
- Compare Prices across Brands – Many times store brand items cost less than name brand items. Do you think you’re going to taste the difference between tomatoes that are not a main ingredient of a recipe?
- Compare Unit Prices - Often you can choose several sizes of the same item. Many grocery stores break down the unit prices (if not, use a calculator). See which size has the lowest cost per unit and purchase that size. Of course, if you only need a tsp. and you don’t see another use for the item, it doesn’t make sense to purchase a pound when the rest of it will go to waste.
- Check the Shelves Above and Below Eye Level – Often stores place the most expensive food at eye level so make sure you look everywhere on the shelf for the best deal
- Don’t Waste Food – You can get a great deal on an item, but if you end up throwing it away because it went bad, you still wasted money.
What about you? How do you save money when you don’t feel like using coupons?