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How To Avoid Overspending At The Store

Saturday, 11 March 2017 05:07  by Jennifer K.

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Tips and tricks on how to avoid purchasing more than is necessary while shopping.

  1. Make a list: this will ensure you only get what you need and avoid forgetting items.
    1. If you are going to the grocery store
      1. Plan meals in advance to know what you will need to purchase.
      2. Take inventory of your items to see what you already have.
      3. Divide items up by section: meat, dairy, bread, etc.
      4. Think about the layout of the store you are going to and organize the list in the order you are going to walk around the store.
      5. Do not purchase anything that is not on your list unless it is necessary for a pre-planned dish.
      6. To help with nutrition, stay on the outside edges of the grocery store, as these items are more nutritious. Stay out of the aisles as much as you can.
      7. Do not browse, stick to your list.
      8. Make sure you have eaten a full meal. Never go to the store hungry.
    2. If you are going to a superstore, i.e. Walmart, Costco, Target, etc.
      1. Divide your list into sections: Home, Pets, Electronics, Grocery, etc.
      2. Think about the layout of the store you are going to and organize the list in the order you are going to walk around the store.
      3. Do not deviate from the list. If it was really important you would have thought of it earlier.
  2. To make shopping more fun and efficient if you have children you can turn it into a game. Let them get something off of your list that is within eyeshot. Kids tend to know what brands you buy. If you have teenagers you can divide the list and see who gets done first.
  3. Time yourself and try to make each shopping trip faster than the previous one.
  4. Walk through the store as if you have blinders on and can only see the items on your list.
  5. Listen to music as you shop to keep you focused on only your list.
  6. Keep a running list of items that you need or have run out of. Typically I keep this list in the kitchen near the refrigerator.
  7. Avoid sections of the store that do not contain your items.
  8. Limit your number of trips to the store per week. Once on the weekend and once during the week for any items that may have run out or were forgotten.

This really does work. I personally cut down shopping trips from 4-5 times a week to once a week! I have saved money not only on the items that I am not purchasing, but gas too. Now I have more time to do the things that I want to do.

Last modified on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:56

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