Grocery Shop On A Budget
Have you ever watched in horror as your grocery bill grew higher and higher while the clerk continued to ring up more groceries? All of a sudden your cart seems like a never-ending pit of products and before you know it your total is almost twice what you were expecting to pay.
This happens to people everyday and is one of the reasons why you end up spending much more at the grocery store than you need to. Many shoppers throw items into the grocery cart without really noticing the price and then are surprised to see how much they spend per month on food.
One of the ways you can create a grocery shopping budget and stick to it is by creating a list before you go to the store. MSN Money explains you are less likely to make impulse buys and waste money if you make a list. Furthermore, creating a list home you can double check to make sure you don't already have the item tucked somewhere in your fridge or pantry.
While looking around your cupboards, try to make a weekly menu around the items you already have, suggests SavingsMom.com. For example, if you already have canned tomatoes and pasta, pick up some olive oil or garlic bread at the store and make spaghetti with homemade sauce. There are resources like AllRecipes.com where you can put all the ingredients you have into a search engine and it will give you recipes to make.
Finally, work toward saving money on your grocery bill a little at a time. You likely won't save $100 or even $50 the first time you shop on a budget, but you can get there with practice. Try to save just 5 percent next week, and then another 5 percent the week after. Eventually you should be able to reach your savings goal.