The average American spends nearly $4000.00 a year on groceries making it one of the biggest expenditures after mortgages and energy bills. Is it any wonder then that most people are constantly searching for new and better ways to save money when they go grocery shopping? Apps to track coupons, coupons themselves, in-store savings and frequent shopper discounts are great, don’t get us wrong, but there are several accepted ideas out there that, while they sound good, might not be saving you as much as you think on your weekly grocery bill.
With that in mid we out together a list of some of the worst grocery ‘tips’ that are out there so that, if you really are keen on saving money next time you shop, you concentrate on the things that help and leave behind the things that don’t. Enjoy!
There are many (many) people who absolutely live and die by their grocery coupons but the fact is that most items that have coupons are overly-processed foods that have little or no nutritional value to them. We suggest that you toss most coupons and search for the best deals on fresh fruits, vegetables and minimally processed foods instead.
If you normally don’t buy generic brands when the well-known brand is on sale you’re probably still spending more than the generic brand that has the same quality and uses the exact same ingredients. Store brands, in most cases, are identical to national brands and you usually will pay far less for them.
If you ‘stock up’ on anything when it’s on sale you are probably going to throw a large portion of that item away. If you can’t or won’t eat it in less than a month then you shouldn’t buy it because you’ll end up wasting it. Also, anything that can last on a shelf or even in the freezer for more than a month is so over processed that it is more than likely quite unhealthy.
Lastly, if you purchase ‘multi-packs’ of something you may indeed be getting a rock-bottom price but, in the end, anything that comes pre-packaged is usually highly refined. Children’s snacks, ready-to-eat meals and the like, at the end of the day, may actually cost you more money down the road in health care costs because they don’t have anything nutritious in them at all. Again, if it can sit on the shelf or in the freezer for over a month it probably isn’t very healthy.
We hope you haven’t been disillusioned by this Blog and that, on your next grocery run, you can use these tips to not only get a great deal but also purchase food that actually has some nutritional value for you and your loved ones. Cheers!