No matter where they are and no matter who they are, people have to eat. Food is one of the easiest areas of the family budget to overspend. This seems especially true with various food costs on the rise. Saving money of groceries can be a challenge but it can be done.
One aspect of grocery shopping and shopping in general that leads to overspending is impulse buying. The grocery store can be a killer with impulse buying. Many times people see something that looks good and then buy the item. Effective planning of the grocery list can curb impulse buying and increase savings. Shopping at the grocery without a plan will cost more money.
Planning the weekly menu is an effective means to curbing impulse buying. Knowing what meals to cook and when they will be made gives direction when at the grocery. Not having a menu in mind will always lead to increased spending. Impulse buying always increases when there is little or no planning.
Plan around sales
Watch for weekly flyers with sales. Sale prices and specials can help save money and plan the weekly menu. Make sure to include the sale items in the grocery list to eliminate the need for impulse buying.
Keep coupons in mind
Clipping coupons can be a great way to save money on groceries. Whenever planning out the grocery list keep the coupons nearby for reference. Keeping the coupons in mind when making the shopping list can lead to additional savings at the store.
Plan section by section
Plan the grocery list section by section. Start with the first section in the store and then work through the store area by area. Maybe the bakery is the first section in the store. Begin there and move through the store. Doing this avoids area where no items are needed and allows the shopper to avoid impulse buying.
Shop at slower times
Shopping during rushed times can increase impulse buying. Being rushed through the store or dealing with crowds can create frustration and the desire to leave the store as quickly as possible. Discover times when the stores are less crowded and shop at those times. This creates less hassle and an easier time of shopping.
Buy everything needed
Buy everything needed for the menu items in one trip. This may take more time and be a greater expense at one time. However, this method avoids additional trips and further opportunities to impulse buy.
Plan the meals and do the shopping alone
Planning the meals can be a chore but it can be worse if everyone in the house gets a say in the planning. Take the time to do the planning of the meals alone. Ask what family members wish to eat but make the final decision. Remember to do the shopping alone as well. Impulse buying will increase when shopping with several members of the family.
Impulse buying may not be removed completely but it can be greatly reduced, which will save money on the overall food bill. Avoiding impulse buying at the grocery can be challenging but with the right planning much of the impulse can be taken out of grocery shopping.