Everyone is looking for good, simple ways to save money without much trouble, and no place is that more apparent than in the grocery store. Some people go about looking for the cheapest items and come away with enough fluff to last them a few more days. But have you considered loading up ahead of time so that you don’t have to later? You might be surprised with how much you save in the long run! So then, here’s why stocking up at the store can actually save you money.
The biggest factor is the inability for many people to see past the present. They make a list that consists of what they need to get through the next couple of days and leave it at that, but this is actually a terrible way to play for both your needs and your budget. Just because you feel you have enough of a certain product now doesn’t mean you won’t need it eventually, especially if it is a non-perishable item like rice or toilet paper. Being smart about sales can save you a lot over the course of a few months, even if it feels like a large initial investment. For instance, if you end up purchasing 10 rolls of paper towels now while they’re on sale for 50 cents each, but you usually spend 80 cents, you just saved 30 cents times 10, or $3 total. Thinking for the future can cut costs here and there if done wisely.
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (29)Much of the problem comes down to impulse purchases as well. The less time you have to spend in a grocery store, the better, and making the one master list for the month means you’ll be in the store once rather than every few days. If you know yourself enough to realize that you’ll keep tossing things in your cart whenever you shop (that would be me), then you know yourself well enough to prevent this from happening.
In closing, the goal is to plan ahead so that you can prevent yourself from snap decisions that will cost you money. Chase sales on non-perishables, stock up, and keep yourself out of the stores and restaurants for as long as possible. Of course, if you have the money to go nuts, go right ahead. Also, could I borrow some? I’d really like to try this tasty bistro just down the street…