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Shopping Tips to Save Money Part 1

published  First Published: 18/01/2010
Article written by: Claire Goulding
Each Article will contain 10 Tips, of no particular order, that will get you thinking about saving money at the checkout each week.
Always go with a list.
If you go without a list, you may as well just throw your money away.
Seriously, you need to prepare a list of everything you need, pulling from your weekly menu (next tip) and checking to make sure you donít have it in your pantry, fridge or freezer. Make sure youíre not forgetting anything.
Now stick to that list.
Plan out a weekly menu.
This is the best way to ensure that your list is complete, and that you have enough to serve your family dinner for the week. I often plan a weekly menu and then duplicate it for the next week, this way I can shop for two weeks at once.
Be sure to plan a leftovers night.
Donít go when youíre hungry.
This is a common tip, but itís true: when youíre hungry, you want to buy all kinds of junk. Youíll end up spending a lot more. Eat a good meal first, and youíll be more likely to stick to your list.
Have a budget.
When I go to the store, I know exactly how much I can spend. Then I try my best to stick within that limit. If you donít know how much you can spend, youíll certainly spend too much.
Do a rough running tally.
Related to the above tip, if you want to stay within your budget, itís best to know where youíre at. Then, when you can see youíre going to go above it, you can decide whether you really need that¬†box of chocolates. I keep a running tally on my grocery list, just rounding off so I can do some quick math. An item costs $1.85? I say $2. Then I donít need a calculator or all those complicated math skills.
Keep a list on your fridge, and write things down immediately.
When you run out of something, donít leave it to your memory. Jot it down immediately, and youíll never have to run back to the store because you donít have eggs.
Make a pantry checklist.
Make a checklist of everything you normally stock in your pantry. Keep it posted on the pantry. Put a slash next to each item for the number of items you have (if you have two cans of stewed tomatoes, put two slashes). Then, when you use something, turn the slash into an x.
This makes it much easier when it comes time to make your list.
Keep things stocked for quick-n-easy meals.
Easy meals for us might be spaghetti or mac-n-cheese or a quick stir-fry. Weíve always got the ingredients on hand, so we can whip something up fast when weíre feeling lazy.
Buy in bulk when it makes sense.
If you can save money, over the course of a month or two, by buying in bulk, plan to do so. But be sure that youíre going to use all of it before it gets bad. It isnít cheaper to buy in bulk if you donít use it.
Keep your receipts, then enter into a spreadsheet.
This will be your price list. Use it so you know when bulk or sale items are a good deal. Itís also a great way to comparison shop between stores¬†buy your baking goods in Store A but your fresh fruits in Store B. The spreadsheet can also serve as a checklist to use when youíre compiling your shopping list.



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