Do you ever wonder why your groceries cost so much? The truth is we often make mistakes that cause our grocery bill to rise substantially. It might be shopping while hungry or assuming something is a good price. Before you go shopping, look at these grocery shopping mistakes that cost you money.
Going to the Store Hungry
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is going to the grocery store while hungry. You will buy so much more food than you need, and you will probably end up with very few things to make meals. Have a snack before you go shopping and shop with a list. This will help keep your costs down.
One way that I avoid this by shopping for my groceries through my phone and doing the Walmart Grocery Pickup. It's free, and I never have to worry about impulse buys (or even going into the store!).
Assuming Something Is a Good Price
Just because something is put on an end cap or has a big sign above it doesn’t mean it’s on sale. Always carefully look at the price to determine if the price is good. For example, you might see a 10 for $10 sale, but the item is usually priced at $0.88. Don’t fall for these little tricks. Plus, check the store policy to determine whether you really have to buy 10 items or if you can buy any number of items for $1 each.
Not Comparing Unit Prices
You want to compare unit price to make sure you’re getting the best deal. The bigger package isn’t always a better deal. Look at the unit price to make sure the package you’re grabbing is the better deal. Sometimes you might need to break out your phone and use the calculator because one size is in ounces while another is by unit.
Shopping for Convenience
Buying pre-chopped vegetables, fruit plates, etc. can cost you a lot of money. These items are priced much higher than buying items you peel and chop yourself. Always be careful of items that are prepared for your convenience.
Only Shopping at One Store
Shopping at one grocery store may be convenient, but when you shop at multiple stores, you can save money on more items. One store may have a better price on meat, while another may have a better price on produce. Shop around to get the best prices.
These grocery shopping mistakes can actually cost you a lot of money. Try to avoid these mistakes and see how much money you can save. You’ll be surprised at how much more affordable shopping can be when you take the time to compare prices, do the work yourself, and have a snack before you hit the stores. What will you do with all the money you save?