We’ve all heard of the common tips and tricks to stay away from impulse buying and cutting the bill when shopping for groceries and toiletries at the supermarket. However, we’ve never been told how specifically to stick to the list and resist the temptations. Well, here I am, trying to help you avoid buying on impulse.
Always Eat Before Shopping for Groceries
This just makes practical sense. When people are hungry, they tend to buy more food that they don’t actually need. When you feel hungry, addicting and unhealthy food will seem irresistible. However, if you eat before shopping, you will not feel the need to buy unnecessary junk. Rather, you will stick only to the essential food products you and your family need.
Buy Imperishable Products in Bulk When There’s a Good Sale
When you need to buy imperishable food products and toiletries, buy in bulk during a good sale. As long as you can store the extra load, you just saved yourself money. For example, if there is a good sale on toilet paper during a specific weekend, why not buy a 6-month or year supply? The toilet paper will still be as “effective” in the future, but it could cost more. As another example, snacks are constantly being put on sale. If you are actually planning to buy a certain snack, buy in bulk during one of these sales.
Buy off the Outer Isles of the Store First
Supermarkets and other stores strategically put the healthy, necessary, and less addicting food products on the outer isles of the store. This is to make customers have to travel through the middle aisles filled with sodas and candy and other enticing snacks before finishing shopping. If you buy all the essential items first, located on the outer perimeter of the store, you will realize how much you are spending on these necessary product and will not feel like buying those products not on your list that are located in the middle of the store. Once you have purchased all the products you need from the outer parts of the store, tackle the aisles in the middle of the store. You will find that you can resist temptation much easier when your cart is already mostly full.
Shop Store Brands
Many products sell for a high price for the name or brand behind them, even though other companies are selling similar products at a cheaper price. For example, member’s mark, Sam’s Club’s brand, sells their products for a much lower price than the commonly known brands. However, the quality is the same for both brands.
You don’t have to go crazy and be a coupon junky, but always check to see if there are coupons for the products you commonly buy and use them to save some money on that bill. Many coupons appear in newspapers and magazines. Taking the time to cut them out and save them could save you almost 10% on your purchase price.