Amazing Myths of Grocery Shopping Savings
time to time almost everyone needs or wants to save money. You
cannot change some expenses easily, such as rent, car payments,
However, saving on food is a goal many try to do.
You can adjust this budget item and it's not hard, if you set
about it with planning.
The average American family
today dines out and uses convenience foods far more often than
families did 25 years ago. To save you must know certain
shopping truths. To know how something works, you sometimes need
to know what doesn't work.
Six smart shopping cart myths:
1.) To save money you have to
Answer: False. You can save
money on food without using coupons, but it takes a little more
planning. Two-for-one item sales and special holiday sales can
2.) You should always shop at
Answer: False. OK, certain
items, bought in quantity, may offer you important savings.
However, the choice of what you need or want may not be there.
Always price check!
3.) Always buy the store
Answer: False. Sales regularly
have brand names close, if not lower than the store brand. Then
add a coupon or buy at a two-for-one sale, you may find the
4.) When you shop at several
stores, you save more money.
Answer: False. This was a
favorite of my aunt. However, how much is your time worth? Or,
how much does the extra gas cost? Also, it is harder to keep to
your list when you shop at more than one store? On a weekly
basis, you will find one store will usually be your best buying
5.) Buying the largest package
Answer: False. The larger
volume package does not always save money. Plus, is there any
waste? Can you use it all?
6.) It takes a long time to
prepare to save money.
Answer: False. You can plan
your weekly grocery trip in less than one hour. An exception is
for big events. Often, I do my grocery list by multi-tasking
while watching my favorite TV show or eating breakfast.
Yes, each of the above six
statements are incorrect. Do you want to save money? Take a look
at how you are shopping and what assumptions you are making.
Taking time to check out those assumptions may save you from
making some costly mistakes. Also read our nine steps to grocery