I did some grocery shopping yesterday and was shocked about my bill. I’ll be honest, I eat A LOT of food, but it seems like it gets more and more expensive over time. I’m not alone with these suspicions. Along with gas, groceries are one of the top expenses for the average American household today. There has to be a better way. So, I did some research and some thinking. I came up with a list of top ways you and anyone else can slap rising food prices in the face. 1. When in doubt, buy in bulk Buying in bulk will always provide for some awesome discounts. One tip here is to always double check the unit cost rate. Sometimes, bulk only stores will sneak this right past you. Also, don’t buy more than you need. Big box suppliers tempt you just like any other grocery store. 2. Use cash back credit/debit cards This is a technique that I recommend for anyone out there, especially large families. Many credit cards offer cash back percentages, sometimes up to 5%. Utilize these credit cards to your advantage and never carry a balance. There are debit cards that also offer these types of rewards. Seek these cards out and start making cash back! 3. Skip the kids, shop alone My mom was smart and rarely brought me to the grocery store with her. And when she did, she couldn’t wait to get me out of the store. It’s a wise move to keep your kids at home when the grocery shopping happens. I remember constantly asking about candy and beef jerky. I kept asking and my mom would get more and more frustrated. Avoid the temptation to give in to your kids and leave them home. 4. Only buy items on your list This is a big one for me personally. I write down my groceries on a list and only buy what is on the list. This keeps the temptation to buy luxuries at bay. I have found that when I go into a store without a list, it’s MUCH easier for me to start buying things I don’t need. Write it down and stick with your list, it’s just smart. 5. Shop at multiple stores Assuming the various grocery stores are relatively close in proximity, going to more than one grocery store might make sense. Shop the ads in the paper and separate out what stores you’re planning to hit and stick to your plan. This can be quite the money saver. 6. Watch the clock A word of wisdom here: the longer you stay in a store, the more money you will spend. I don’t know if it’s part of human nature or awesome marketing, but it happens. Try to keep your grocery trips within a certain time period. I like to keep it under 45 minutes and head out as fast as I can. 7. Skip entire aisles This is a new strategy that I have incorporated into my shopping excursions. If I have a list and know certain aisles have things I don’t need, I skip them entirely. For example, I’m on a whole foods diet that consists of only “living” foods, so I was limited to the vegetables and meat aisles. I ended up skipping aisles 2-15 no problem. And guess what? I ended up saving tons of money from avoiding the temptation to buy more than I had to! 8. The key is to shop smart Look, grocery stores are only after one thing: money. They could care less about your investments and keeping your expenses within a budget. They want profits and they want them NOW. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t meet you should! I hope the tips that I’ve mentioned help you save money going forward. Shop smart everyone! What are some ways you’ve saved money on food? Meet us in the comments! Image by Fedor Kondratenko / Shutterstock Related Articles: How To Save Money On Groceries – 13 Tips 7 Ways to Save Money Grocery Shopping ING Giving Cash-Back on Debit Card Purchases Savvy Ways to Save while Shopping How to be Fashionable on a Budget Big Crumbs Review: Online Shopping Rewards Gift Cards: How To Manage Them Wisely Jon is a Christian personal finance writer at Free Money Wisdom . His mission is to help you succeed in your personal finance life with the Bible as your compass. When Jon is not writing on personal finance, he spends time with his girlfriend, lifts iron at the gym, and plays Scrabble. You can subscribe to his site through EMAIL / RSS or you can also find him on Twitter and Facebook . As a thank you for subscribing to our newsletter you can download our quick eBook ” 25 Ways To Save Money in 2011 ” for FREE! The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .
Follow this link:
Rising Food Prices: 8 Common Sense Ways to Fight Them!