Here are a few tips to utilize when you go grocery shopping:
- Make a menu plan: Write out a weeks' worth of menus and consider how you could use leftovers to further stretch the budget. I usually make extra servings of dinner to have for lunch the next day. The Warp Speed Fat Loss program comes with 28 days' worth of meals that are easy to prepare and taste great!
- Create a list: Write down the items that are essential to upcoming meals you have planned, and stick with it.
- Organize coupons: Just inside most supermarkets, you will find extra newspaper coupon inserts or store flyers and a board with the sale items highlighted. Check these sale items against your shopping list to make sure you are getting the best price.
- Shop alone: Friends and family members can steer you off the shopping list.
- Don't shop hungry: Your appetite can influence your spending causing you to buy things you don't need or shouldn't eat.
- Spend cash: Take time to get cash before going to the store. Nothing impacts our minds like taking cash from our wallet.
- Always shop by the unit price: Supermarkets post the unit cost on the shelves. These numbers can show you that larger packaging isn't always the best buy.
- Buy in bulk: Purchasing certain food items in bulk (beef, chicken, fish, nuts, eggs) can help save money and the environment (less packaging). Stores like Sam's Club, Costco and BJ's can offer savings over local grocery stores. But just as noted above, compare the unit price. Sometimes, bigger isn't always better. And occasionally, grocery stores will offer better deals on certain items during sales.
- Shop the perimeter of the grocery store: If you shop along the perimeter of the grocery store, you will find all the fresh foods you should be eating on a regular basis. Think about it. What is located on the perimeter? Meats, vegetables, fruits and dairy products. Stay away from the aisles as they tend to host the man-made and pre-packaged items like cereal, soft drinks, chips, cookies, cake, etc.
These tips will help you make better decisions the next time you shop!