We all buy food from supermarkets, but we can feel like we are spending more and more each week. However, there are ways that we can spend less and it is worth thinking about whether any of these things might help you.
Avoid the Special Offer Areas
One of the places that we tend to spend the most money that we do not need to spend is the special offers area. These are cleverly placed at the entrance of on the ends of the aisles so that it is easy to find them. They often have junk food offers and they will also normally be branded products. You may find that the items are things you normally buy, but if this is the case, you will spot them on the shelf where you normally buy them as they will have them there as well. It can be tempting to buy things that are on offer as they seem so cheap but if they are not items that you were intending on buying then you will find that you are actually spending more money, not less.
Avoid Going too Often
It can often be the case that when we go to the supermarket we will buy a few extra items that tempt us while we shop. The more often we go, the more chance we have of buying those few extra things and so we will reduce that temptation by going less often. It will also mean that you are more likely to use up the food that you have which will make there a lower chance of you having food waste due to not eating it before the use by date.
Take a List and Stick to it
It can be really handy to have a list. If you start at home carefully checking what you need and what you do not need it will mean that you only buy the things that you really need. This means that not only will you not be stockpiling items that you do not need, but you will also make sure that you eat things before the use by date, rather than having them go off because you just cannot eat everything in time. It will also save you having to return to the supermarket because you have forgotten something.
Compare all Prices
It is a good idea to keep comparing prices when you are shopping. This means that you should look at all of the items that you are buying and see whether there are cheaper alternatives. Compare brands and also compare types of food, so whether frozen, canned or fresh. Also see whether there are different similar foods that are cheaper. It is a hassle to start with, but once you get into the habit of comparing things, then you will find it more automatic and you will get a better idea of where the cheaper items might be found.
Avoid Buying Everything There
It can be tempting to make shopping more convenient by buying all of the things we need at the supermarket. So, we tend to buy toiletries, cards, clothes, books, electricals and all sorts of other things at the supermarket while we buy our food. They may be cheaper for some of these things, but it is wise to compare the prices as you may find that they sell for less elsewhere. For example, toiletries may be cheaper in pharmacies, books online, cards in discount card shops and electricals online too. It can be worth making some enquiries first to make sure that you are getting the best prices for the items that you are buying.