We all need to buy groceries and we might find that they do take up quite a big proportion of our monthly spend. This means that we might feel that we want to find ways to reduce how much we are paying for them. There are quite a few things that we can try to help out with this.
Choose a Cheaper Supermarket
We may have a certain supermarket that we always choose to shop at. While this will help us to know exactly where the items are that we want to buy and we know that we like the food, it might be that we are paying more than necessary. Unless you are already shopping at one of the budget supermarkets, then consider swapping to one. There are quite a few that are cheaper than the rest. They may have a smaller variety of items and they may not have all of the things that you are used to buying, but it could be well worth trying them out. You could feel that the saving that you make will be worth it. Do be cautious though and do a price comparison properly because you may find that some supermarkets are not as cheap as they claim to be. It can depend very much on what you buy as to whether it is cheap or not.
Choose Own Brand Products
It can be a good idea to swap your branded goods for own brands as these will often be cheaper. This is something that some people feel reluctant to do as they like certain brands and feel that own brands will not come close to them. However, it is a good idea to think about whether you should have a try and see which brand gives you the best value for money. You do need to be careful though as on occasion the supermarket brand might be expensive. Make sure you compare the price per 100g or 100ml to get a really good idea as to how they compare.
This might seem very odd, but often the supermarket will have all sorts of sales and reduced items and it can be tempting to buy the things because they are cheaper. These are often put in places where they are really easy to spot and you will often see them and think that you need to take advantage of the good price. However, you need to think hard about what you are buying. If you buy things because they are cheap but buy them as well as everything else that you normally buy then you actually end up spending more money. If you switch brands because another is on offer, you may find that you are still paying more if your brand is cheaper. You may also end up buying more if it is a 2 for 1 offer and then consuming more so you do not end up saving money. So only buy reduced items if they are things you would normally buy anyway or if you are completely convinced that they will save you money.
Stick to a List
It can be useful to have a list as well. This should help to focus your shop so that you do not buy things that you do not need. It will also mean that you will not forget anything and therefore will not need to go back to the supermarket for those forgotten items and be tempted to buy more things that you do not need. It is important that you try as hard as you can to stick to that list as well.