Smart Grocery Shopping Choices
When I’m grocery shopping, I’m always looking for a deal, what can I say, I love a good bargain and I especially love the hunt! But I also know that finding the best places to shop is essential. Sometimes we can do a one-stop-shop and get everything at a single location, but other times, we need to look around a little. So, since it’s in our best interest to have as much information as possible about where we can go for the best prices, here’s a strategy:
Warehouse Clubs like Sam’s Club or Costco
These big stores have great prices when you buy large sizes or multiples of a product. There is a benefit to the discount as long as you need all the items. A goal for shopping here would be to obtain the basic staples that you know you will use. Look into buying your paper products, cleaning products, and condiments there. But, beware of the temptations! If you don’t have anywhere to put it, or family to eat it, it might not be such a great deal!
Most of us use our local supermarkets to get as much done there as possible. The key to shopping at the grocery store is to know the sales and join their emails and loyalty programs. Watch for all your needs and keep an eye on the sales. Stores often have lead in sales that bring you into the store. Get lower prices and don’t spend on the other things until you can get a deal on those. Watch for manager specials, bogo’s and unmarked sales. There are special apps you can use that give you an additional discount as well when you use the loyalty card. For example, when I shop at Publix, in input my loyalty ID (my phone number) and not only do I get the store’s digital coupons, it links directly to my ibotta account and I get even more discounts! You can read more about the ibotta app here!
Area Farmer’s Markets
Support local farmers by shopping their stands. The fruits, veggies, and meats are at their peak of freshness. Buying from them helps boost agriculture in your area which is always great! Watch for sales and take the time to talk, and if you can, get on their mailing list so you can stay up to date on their sales. Look for jars of jelly, honey, and syrup. They often have recipes available too.
Some recipes call for ingredients that are hard to find. Rather than go store to store, it pays to make some purchases online. Some people need international items, gluten-free or vegan products that are not readily available in every area. Research the online options and purchase them there. Amazon Fresh and Amazon Prime offer great products, great prices and delivery, which makes my life a whole lot easier!
But the key is to always have a plan for what you need. Without a plan, we run the risk of getting too much or too little, and more often than not, spending more than we planned!