Shopping Tips

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How Much Do We Really Spend? It is hard to plan on saving money on something when we really do not know how much we are spending. One easy method to determine how much money is going towards groceries each month is to check your credit card or bank statements on line, depending on how you pay.
Eat Before You Shop It has been proven that going to the grocery store hungry can increases our food bills by up to 15 percent. This is due to impulse-buying. All too often we leave work, tired and hungry, and stop at the grocery store to pick up something for dinner. This leaves us wide open to temptation and we end up coming home with food we really do not need. Play it safe and fill up yourself before you fill up your grocery cart.
Avoid Shopping in Convenince Stores Convenience stores thrive on the principle that our quick trip in for a cheap coke will result in us making a purchase of at least two other items. Those two items will most likely be marked up by 60 percent or higher over grocery store prices. Good rule to follow - If you do want a coke or a quick cup of coffee, bring in only the exact or near to exact change to help control the impulse to buy that doughnut!
Do Not Buy Toiletries at Grocery Stores Grocery stores generally mark up toiletries 25 percent or higher, compared to discounted drug stores. It is worth a quick trip into Wal-Mart or your favorite discount drug store to stock up on your toiletry needs. Plus many national drug stores offer great customer loyalty programs which include rebate checks and savings for future purchases.
Shop Store Brands and Generic Products A super large can of store-brand spaghetti sauce is a perfect example of saving through store-brand buying. You can break it down into reasonable proportions and freeze it for later. Not only do you increase you spending power, but you save on an extra trip to the store.

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