It is extremely important stick to your budget when you shop. It Whether to keep a log of prices, go shopping with cash or plan your shopping, several tricks can help you keep your Budget.
Do your shopping single
Yes, to begin : It is best to shop alone. Leaving children at home, wherever possible, you avoid giving in to their whims candy or toys superfluous.
Use products calls to your advantage
The “Loss leader” are products that stores sell very cheap, so you attract and bring you in their store. They hope that by coming to you of course ‘re not going to stop these products but you will go shopping with other products that they can then catch up.
You must stay strong and resist your urges all keeping you in your shopping list.
Plan shopping list
Take care when drawing up the list Your menu does not plan a menu with lots of meat. Be aware that excessive amount of meat is harmful to health and the meat is expensive. Do you sometimes alternating menus with vegetarian dishes. You will find many sites on the Internet that offer vegetarian recipes such as: Marmiton. I can also recommend the book Vegetarian cuisine .
Do not make your shopping on an empty stomach
Do not buy when you’re hungry. When people are hungry, they tend to buy more and buy larger quantities, then remember to do your shopping on a full stomach.
Establish a log price
Make a list of prices products you buy regularly (bread, sugar, milk, cereal, detergent, eggs, etc..) on a sufficiently small so he can slip into your wallet or your pocket when you go shopping.
That way, when you see promotional offers in stores or making your normally races, mark with a pencil the best prices low as you could see all the products on your log prices. Remember to change prices when you see an even lower price than you have previously marked.
In this way, you absolutely sure whether a price is low enough buy a product or a promotion is really real.
Ideally, make this exercise for 2 supermarkets closest to home you so buy products at the lowest price (all maintaining the same level of quality) against the most interesting when you shop earlier this month. This exercise you may take one hour per store, but this well worth the savings!
This exercise will perhaps become more aware of price some items. For example, it allowed me to observe my spouse and I did not do the same mistake initially by our race: he had originally tend to buy products with packaging with beautiful pictures of the product.
Remember to watch Unit price, and the kilo liter
Here a small computational exercise, which will save you hundreds of dollars ! When you shop, remember to look on the label of the product price displayed on the shelf: its price unit, per kilo or liter.
So I could observed that in a box the same size, some manufacturers will 375 g whole wheat grain and rice, while other will in 750 g of the same type of cereal but a mark distributor, just as good! Yet, viewed from the outside it would have thought that the first package was cheaper if we had not compared the price per kilo.
Take cash pay for your groceries
Errands taking cash instead of paying by credit card is an excellent average does not exceed your food budget.
If necessary take a calculator with you to verify the total amount of your purchases before to proceed to payment. If you then realize that you have exceeded the budget for these races, give some items on the shelves and look for better deals.
This will also help you avoid to buy things you do not need and you can not afford to buy.