Prices on everything have skyrocketed the past few weeks. It is a shock how much less you can buy from the supermarket for a $100. Since, there’s not much we can do about it, we have to come up with strategies to save. That said, here’s some tips how to save a bit:
- Don’t buy toiletries at the supermarket unless you have a coupon. Reason being, the price can be 25% higher than what you’d pay at the drugstore.
- Large bags of frozen vegetables are more economical than those that are in boxes, as they cost more per serving.
- You can skip those pricey fortified cereals even if they promise 100% of the recommended vitamins and minerals. Remember, this is not your only one meal of the day.
- Go with paper plates, they are cheaper than plastic.
- Bigger isn’t always cheaper. Check prices, as sometimes the unit price is the same whether you buy regular size or jumbo size.
- Sign-up with frequent shopper programs. These programs can slice up to 10% of your total bill.
- While shopping, scan the shelves above and below eye level because that’s where you’ll find the cheaper items; most of the items that are looking right at you, are more expensive.
- Stock up on groceries after Thanksgiving. Notice that there are more coupons issued in November and December than in any other month.With pre and post holiday sales combined, the end of the year is prime for food savings.
- Last but not the least, and if you can afford, buy a freezer. Even a small sized freezer can help you make the most of great sales on meat and other perishables. Some of my friends have second refrigerators in their homes, to make use of the extra freezer space.