6 Tips That Will Save You Thousands On Your Grocery Bill
Would you like to save money on your grocery bill? Would you like to get your family the healthiest food possible? Would you like to avoid the crowds and the depleted stocks? Then you need to consider "when" you shop for your food. If you're like most people, when you need something you go to the store and get it. But a little advance planning, combined with an understanding of how grocers run their stores, will help make your shopping experience much more enjoyable. You'll get the best prices, the best selection, and the best quality all while avoiding the crowds. Read on to learn 6 shopping tips that will save you money.. Shop The Ads For Best Price That seems pretty fundamental, doesn't it? But it's not as simple as it sounds. Most grocers advertise in the Sunday paper. Almost always, those prices begin on Wednesday. So you have from Sunday morning when the paper comes until Wednesday morning when the ad actually begins to do plan a menu around what's on sale. Shopping this way will save you a fortune over the course of a year. Generally, the more popular an item is, the more likely it is to go on sale. So you're not buying obscure items when you shop the ads. Yes, there will be a few items that are "out there" but most items will be things you would buy anyway. You're just getting them on sale. Shop On Wednesday The absolute best time to shop is early Wednesday morning. Most grocers have people come in Tuesday night after closing to get the store ready for the ad that breaks Wednesday. They stock the shelves, put up the signage, and make sure things are ready. On Wednesday morning you will find every item in the ad. Wait until Saturday night and many of the ad items will be sold out. Plus, shopping in the morning during the week means you'll have fewer people. If you work Wednesdays and find it difficult to get to the store during the day, consider arising early and going right when the store opens. There won't be hardly anyone in the store and you can get your shopping done in half the time. So you're saving time and money. Don't Shop Weekends Most people get paid on Friday. That means the majority of them will shop sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday evening. If you want to go to the store when the crowds are the biggest and the selection is the smallest (because of the crowds,) shop the weekends. The absolute worst time -- in every way -- to shop for groceries is on the weekend. Shop When You're Rested And Fed Don't go shopping when you're either tired or hungry. The worst possible time to shop is when you're on the way home from work. You're exhausted from a big day, you're starved and you don't feel like fixing dinner. That almost guarantees you will end up with a cart full of high-cost, low-nutrition, highly-processed, easy to prepare meals that will be expensive and not particularly healthy for your family. If you can go shopping when you're rested, when your stomach is full, and when you're not rushed by other commitments, you'll make healthier choices and you'll save money doing so. Shop For Two Weeks At A Time The fewer trips you make to the grocery store, the more you save. Most people don't have the discipline to go into a store and buy one or two items. If you go to the store you buy a whole cart full of stuff you don't really need and that most commonly isn't on sale. Shopping the sales and buying enough for 2 weeks will save you an unbelievable amount of money over the course of a year. Take Advantage of Delivery Services If you live in a larger town, or in the city, many larger supermarkets are beginning to offer online shopping with delivery. Yes, this service has a cost associated with it, but it has some huge advantages. It forces you to plan your meals, which mean's you're less likely to buy highly processed foods. If you're an "impulse" buyer (and who isn't?) you're not walking around the store throwing in items that look good, but aren't on the list. Just removing the possibility of impulse buying will easily pay for the shopping and delivery service. Finally, it frees up your time, allowing you more time for your family, your hobbies, or anything else that's important to you. Conclusion: Saving money is easy. You just have to be willing to make a few subtle adjustments and you could save thousands of dollars over the course of a year. You don't have to change what you buy or where you buy. You just change when and how you buy to save money. It's easy, it's intuitive, and it works. Try changing a few of your grocery buying habits today and prove to yourself how easy it is to save on your grocery bills. If you have additional ideas on saving money by changing how and when you buy groceries, please leave them in the comments section below so we can all benefit from your experience.