When you’re getting out of debt, putting every cent you can towards your payments will help you reach your goals. For some, this means a close look at household spending to see where expenses can be cut. When you consider that the average family in BC spends over $8000 a year on food, it’s easy to see why cost-cutting at the grocery store is a good place to start.
We’re not recommending an extreme couponing approach (actually, that’s been shown to cause more problems than it solves), but we do have a few suggestions to help you save money at the grocery store.
Make a List
When we say make a list, we don’t mean just the things that come to mind when you’re on the way to the grocery store. We mean plan what meals you’re going to have for at least the next week, check the fridge and pantry to see what you already have, and plan to buy only what’s on that list. Nothing more!
Get Familiar with Prices
By understanding what the items you usually buy cost, you’ll know if that “sale” price is a good deal. You can’t remember the price of hundreds of common household items. Even if you only keep a note on your phone with a list of the big ticket items, like meat, milk, cheese and laundry detergent, you can save a lot of money over the course of a year.
Keep it Fresh
The pull to the packaged food aisle is strong, and goodness knows it’s convenient! But just a handful of packaged meals in the shopping cart can add a lot to the overall food bill. Whenever possible, prepare food at home. It’s cheaper, it’s healthier, and it usually tastes better too!
Compare the Unit Price
It’s perceived that a larger package is a better buy, and that’s often true. However, in some cases, especially when the smaller size is on sale, bigger isn’t always better. Always check the price per unit on the shelf, and if there isn’t a per unit price listed, use the calculator function on your phone to figure it out. Be sure to mention it to the staff at the store, because they are required by law to post this information.
Getting back on track financially can be hard, but little tricks to save money can go a long way. If you want to speak to someone about getting your debt under control, be sure to give us a call!