February 4, 2013 2:30 am
Make a list before you go using your weekly flyer. If the store has a website, check to see what is on sale and what you think you’ll need for the week. By having a plan, you’ll do less perusing and more calculated shopping. Having a list will even save you time, too.
Always sign up for the club card. No matter what, always get the store’s savings card to guarantee that you’ll get all of the advertised sale prices. You’ll receive extra members-only specials as well. Stores that sell gasoline also award you with points towards gas purchases. These cards are free to get and will save you loads.
Know how to pace your purchases. If you time your purchases right, you rarely have to pay full price for things you buy every week. You’ll begin to notice how often certain products go on sale, and you can catch your favorite items on sale weeks. By grabbing what you need on Buy-1-Get-1 weeks, you’ll save immensely over time.
Buying store brands can also save. Most supermarkets offer their own brand labels, which cost around 25 percent less. Almost every product has its own store brand, even frozen veggies, baked goods and cold cuts—it’s not just limited to canned fruit and paper towels anymore. Look for these inexpensive products and be sure to compare prices to the name brands.
Always remember your coupons. Whether you clip them from the newspaper, or click and print from the Web, this one is a no-brainer.
Be a smart shopper. Stores use all sorts of tactics to get you to spend more. If something is “three-for-a-dollar,” it usually doesn’t mean you have to buy three. Only buy what you need and usually the discount is applied regardless. Also, don’t just buy things at eye level—stores often place the more expensive items there. Search high and low to find the good deals.
With some smart shopping, you can save your family a great deal of money just by changing your shopping habits. Plenty of bills come in each month. This saved money will be far more useful elsewhere.
Source: Consumer Reports
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