Many people don’t enjoy grocery shopping. It takes a lot of time and effort to find affordable, high-quality, and healthy foods.
My wife and I have shopped for groceries in cities across the United States, which means that we rarely have a home store. When we need to save and be efficient, there are a few things we keep in mind.
Choose the Right Store
This is one of the first things my wife and I do when arriving in a new city. We locate a grocery store that is in our area — and our budget. In Florida, we chose a Super Target because of the array of products in addition to groceries. In Connecticut, we’ve been going to ShopRite.
Choosing the right place usually starts with some good research. Browse the internet, use apps that offer an “around me” option, and compare circulars. We also ask people in the area who’ve been there longer than us. This gives us a few options to choose from.
My wife and I always make a complete list before going to the grocery store. Without this, we seem to be lost as soon as we get there. It’s already more difficult for us, because most of the stores we shop at are a bit foreign to us. This just means we need to be extra prepared.
We map out our meals for the days we need food, and we head to the store with a plan in mind. We think it’s important to eat healthy, so even if it costs a little more for a healthier type of food, we usually get it.
Getting the right amount of food is essential for us. While we only need to shop for two, I’m frequently gone on road trips, so we have to plan accordingly. If we get too much or too little, we either end up with rotten food or feel forced to go out to eat. This makes getting the perfect amount of groceries vital.
While we haven’t gotten into using coupons, many people do this quite successfully. Coupons can undoubtedly save you a lot of money. No matter what, however, be sure to get a rewards card for your local grocery store. It’ll save you lots on your food, and if it’s linked up to a gas station, could you save you at the pump, as well.
The Bottom Line
Perfecting your grocery shopping techniques can take time. While it may not seem like a skill, I’ve seen many people become extremely efficient and budget-friendly with their shopping. This can save you countless hours in the store and countless dollars in your pocket.
What are your best grocery shopping tips?