Today, my new budget and I took our first trip to the grocery store together. I was psyched to see how much I would end up saving, but also prepared that this trip might take longer than normal, with my new partner in tow.
Our plan was fairly simple but a bit time-consuming:
1.) Prepare a menu to get us through Saturday
2.) Note ingredients needed
3.) Clip coupons for above, make a final list and stick to it !
Once in the market, I took the time to read the price per unit on each item and also to verify that using a coupon was really going to save money. For example, instead of automatically grabbing the item and required amount on the coupon, I stopped and took the time to figure out, if the coupon was really the best deal. I actually noticed that some of the “Name Brands” were the same price if not cheaper than the “Store Brand.”
I didn’t save the $100 I was hoping to. It was more like $60. But I was still proud of myself and so was my new shopping partner;)
What are some of your favorite tips to save money on groceries?