Hope you're in the mood to save money at the grocery store. Because with these tidbits of advice, you'll be doing a lot of it. Let's get to it.
Make a list
This may not seem like it can save you money, but if you look through the kitchen and write down what you need before you go, it will keep you away from those budget-busting impulse buys. If you run out of milk, for example, then you know you should get more. But if you forget that you have milk and buy some because you think you need it, then you do that race-against-the-clock-with-the-expiration-date thing.
It's not unusual to spend $50 at a grocery store and get $80 worth of food and supplies. How? Coupons! Go online or even pick up a Sunday paper and you'll find tons of savings for everyday stuff. Just make sure you only buy what you'll need. Buying something just because you get a good deal is stupid if you never use the item.
Buy in bulk
If you're a member of a warehouse-type store such as Sam's or Costco, you know how much you can save by purchasing food or household supplies en masse. Just make sure you'll be able to use it all before it spoils.
Stock up on sales
This kind of goes along with buying in bulk, but we want to emphasize the importance of taking advantage of a deal. It makes good sense to pile up on stuff you use when it goes on sale. Stock up and save dough.
Don't go hungry
When you have the munchies, everything looks good. You'll buy food that you wouldn't touch if you weren't hungry. Have a snack before you go to the store, or, even better, eat a full meal.
Buy the store brand
A big part of the jacked-up price is the name on the front of the box. Paper towels, trash bags and aspirin (just to name a few) work just as well regardless of the brand, so don't pay $5 for something you can get for half that.
Go where the lower prices are. It can actually benefit you to shop at two different stores for some items such as produce. If your grocery list includes 25 items, and you've found that you can save money by getting 11 of them at a different place, then do it.
The reason many people don't do well with their grocery budget is because they don't invest the time to find bargains. If you look closely enough, you can spot deals.
Don't just find them—eat 'em up!