No matter who you are, more than likely when you go grocery shopping you are doing it on some kind of a budget. Today it seems that everyone's personal finances are tight to extremely tight so it's important that you watch where every penny goes. This is especially true if you happen to be on a very tight budget. So when it comes to grocery shopping you want to be able to save as much money as you can without sacrificing too much in the meantime. Below are a few tips that should help you stay on your tight budget while shopping.
The first thing you should always do is to make a list off all the things that you need to get for the week. This should be everything from your fruit down to your toilet paper. Then you should try and find all the coupons that you can that go along with the items that you have put on your grocery list. You can find these through store adds as well as going online to a variety of different sites that offer shoppers a choice of different coupons.
Once you have your grocery list complete you might want to go to your phone book and look for salvage groceries. This is a store that sells items that might be in dented cans, boxes that also might be a little bit crushed or even jars of food that simply don't have their labels on them. If you can't find anything like this, always make sure that you look for discounted sections in your local stores as well because they will discount items sometimes for the same reasons.
Go over your list and look for different store ads to see which stores might have the items that you need on sale. Then write down which stores to go to for your different items on your list. Try to get as many discounted items at one store if possible because the less stores you have to travel to is also going to save you on money.
You also need to make sure that when you go to the store that you go and check the different meat specials that might be going on. These are the meats that the store may have had to wrap over again or they may be getting close to going out of date and they want them to be put up for quick sale. These items are still very good to buy it's just that there are rules stores must following when they are selling items to the public. A lot of stores will also have unadvertised sales called “manager specials” so you need to keep your eyes open for those as well. These can range from sales on meats to dairy products. You also might want to take ads with you and if you are at one store that you have found most of the deals at but you see that the same soda is selling for half the price, ask for the manager and see if they can go down to the same price as their competitor.
One really important thing to remember is that you should at all times when you go grocery shopping do your best to stick to your list and not stray. You are not going to be saving yourself any money if you buy things that are not on your list.