I was up extra early on Sunday morning, courtesy of the time change. It gave me the opportunity to see my friend and fellow frugal blogger on a local news station, sharing her tips for saving at the grocery store even without coupons.
Cherie had a lot of great ideas, but one really stuck out at me as something I need to do more. Just one, very simple tip to keep your grocery budget under control — knocking $5-10 off your bill instantly.
She suggested looking through your cart when you finish shopping. Remove 3-5 items before you check out. There is always something that seems to hop into your cart while you’re shopping, even if you’re being careful.
For me, it’s candy or chips. Sometimes a quick soda — I don’t keep it at home, but I do occasionally allow myself the treat while I’m out. Okay, so my issue is clearly junk food. That’s what I need to watch closely before I spend more money than necessary.
So, I tried this the other day at the grocery store. I had a few items that weren’t on my official list. This happens now and then, when I find a great in-store deal or manager markdown for things I buy regularly. In this case, it was gluten free bakery items. There was bread, bagels, and cinnamon rolls. I grabbed them all.
When I looked at my cart at the checkout, I carefully considered each purchase. The bread I definitely needed — it was half the regular price. The bagels we definitely use — it’s my favorite healthy breakfast for school days. The cinnamon rolls? Those were completely extraneous.
I put them back, and cut $4 off my bill without a second thought. That was $4 on a quick $20 shopping trip, a 25% savings instantly. I can’t wait to see how much this saves on a longer shopping list.
How closely do you stick to your list?
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