The average American family spends in excess of $500 a month on groceries each month. Avoiding these top spending traps on your next trip will help you save money on groceries.
1. Avoid Precut Produce
Your average precut produce is marked up more than 150% of uncut choices. Go for larger bags of vegetables when they are on sale. These are perfect to use for stews and soups. Whatever is unused, freeze until a later date. Purchasing larger bags of fruit such as a 5 pound bag of apples can save you more than $2.00 rather than buying by the pound.
2. Stay Away from Endcaps
You may initially thing that endcaps are featuring the best deals, but manufacturers often pay stores large sums of money to get prime location placement. Almost 70% of customers splurge on these items. Stick to your shopping list and avoid these enticing set ups.
3. Don’t Keep Your Eyes Looking Straight
Researchers have see shoppers choose 40% of their purchases from shelves that were within 12 inches of eye level. Some retailers receive premium rates for eye level placement. Be sure to look both ways (up and down) when shopping to find the best buy.
4. Remember to Round Prices
The infamous .99 is found frequently at the end of pricing labels. Some people may see a pricing of $9.99 as $9. Instead be sure to round your numbers up to gain a better idea as to what your final bill will look like.
5. Save on the Sauce
The average premade pasta sauce can cost $2 to $6. Buying the equivalent in canned tomatoes is only half that cost. Save money on your groceries by using tomatoes, wine, herbs, and veggies in your own sauce.
6. Think Small
You should only purchase meat or cheese when they are on sale. Steaks specially cut for stews or stir fry’s can be marked up as high as 300%. You can also buying bigger pieces and often get a butcher to cut them up for free.
7. Choose the Bone
Meat and poultry purchased off the bone is normally $2.79 a pound versus $5 a pound for chicken on the bone. Buying with the bone in only requires a little preparation but saves on your budget.
8. Buy Fresh Deli
You can save more than 50% when buying fresh deli met instead of pre packaged. The price of meats such as salami, ham, and swiss are increased in price. It is worth the time to choose the fresher option for less.
9. Don’t Be Impulsive
Kiosks and register aisles are meant to catch your eye and offer you impulse purchases that are appealing. However, purchasing impulse items can add more than 30% to your monthly grocery bill. Put your change away right after checking out to reduce temptations.