Saving Money on Groceries- Part 1: Planning before Shopping

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Hey everyone,

I hope you all are doing well today. I’m sorry my post yesterday was late.

As we all know, groceries can put a big dent in our bank accounts if we are not careful.

Today, I would like to start a series about how you can save money on groceries. I will go through each step thoroughly to help you save more money on your grocery trips each time you go.

There is a lot of planning involved before you go to the grocery store. If you want to save money, you have to be prepared. Working in retail, I learned that stores make a lot of money because a lot of people just go to the store and pick everything that is a good deal and looks appetizing to them.

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First off, you need to decide how often you need to go to the grocery store. It’s best not to go to the grocery store everyday. It ends up hurting your bank account. The less often you go to the grocery store, the more money you will save in that area on your budget.

I recommend people going grocery shopping weekly, every other week, or monthly. In my opinion, it’s easier for single people to shop once a month (because they don’t have a lot of mouths to feed and they usually won’t consume a lot of food as a family would). If you are married or married with kids, I would recommend you do your grocery shopping every other week or weekly (Food usually gets consumed faster with more people).

But, find a grocery routine that works for you (and do one where you won’t go to the store everyday).

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Once you do that, you will need to start doing some planning before the day of your next grocery shopping trip.

Go through your pantry and see what you have. Try to make meals out of what you already have. If you are struggling with this, visit myfridgefood.com

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Also, take inventory of items that you are out of that you or your family consume on a consistent basis (e.g. Milk, Peanut Butter, Bananas). Create a shopping list of some persuasion and put them on that list.

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Use a calendar of your choice (I like to use the calendar on my personal Gmail account) and start writing down meals that you have created on the days you need to grocery shop for. Go ahead and mark out days that you don’t need to get groceries (e.g. Family get together; Free community meal; Eating out night).

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What if there are still empty slots on your calendar?

  • Go through the sales flyers of local grocery stores (You can usually find them online. Just make sure that the day you are going, the sales prices will still be good. New sales usually start on Sunday, Tuesday, or Wednesday). Create meals around those lists. Let’s say there was spaghetti noodles and sauce on sale. Have a spaghetti dinner night based off of that sale. Write down meals from the sale items on your calendar.

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Also, use those flyers to see if the items you were out of are on sale (on that list) and for other items you normally consume (Sale items are usually on sale within a 6 to 10 week rotation- depending on the store. I would recommend stocking up on those items if you can. Just watch out for items that are on sale at their normal price.). If you don’t know what a good price is on an item, google a recent price list for Aldi and compare those sale prices to Aldi (If you are close by to an Aldi, I would recommend that you shop there for some of your stuff. I will do a later review post on this store.)

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If you don’t know the price of an item, give the store you plan on going to a call and ask. They will usually let you know.

Once you have all of the meals on the calendar, add to the list you made the items you will need for the meals you put on your calendar.

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When you are done with that, make sure you have quantities before each item you need (if you need more than 1 of a certain item). Then put the price after the item you need (Don’t forget to multiply on multiple items. Let’s say you are paying 99 cents for a can of spaghetti sauce and you need two of them. You would multiply the 99 cents by 2 and get $1.98 for your total amount of spaghetti sauce you will buy on your trip).

When you have total prices beside every item, go ahead and add them up to get an overall total. Multiply by 10 percent for taxes (Usually a good rule of thumb for that. If you know how much percent of taxes you will pay on groceries multiply by that percentage). If you are over your budgeted amount, you might want to change some meals to cheaper alternatives or eliminate some items you don’t need. Make sure you leave $5 in wiggle room just in case a price isn’t as they said it was (I have had that happen at Aldi a few times).

Don’t lose that list. You will be using it on the next step we will discuss tomorrow.

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If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know.

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Thank You and Have A Great Day

Millennial Dude

 

 

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