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9 genius grocery hacks to save money

Here are some simple shopping hacks to outsmart the supermarket

Eat before going to the grocery
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Eat before going to the grocery

With groceries costing more and more these days, we looked at some simple hacks that might save you some money. 

Use a small trolley cart

Smaller trolley

Using a big trolley cart will make you feel the need to fill up the cart and that’s how you end up buying unnecessary items. The smaller the better

Check the price per unit

Comparing price units

This is the best way to compare prices. Not all large packages or bulk items offer the best price. Checking what each unit costs, will give you a better idea on whether to buy the ones on sale or in bulk.

Check the bottom shelves

Check bottom shelves

That’s where all the generic items are usually placed. These generic versions, are cheaper than the famous big brands that we all know, and sometimes they taste the same. Well-known retailers are charging product makers premium to put their items at eye level, so they will cost more.

Plan your shopping itinerary

Shopping itinerary

Supermarkets and giant grocery stores have professionally designed inviting aisle patterns that entice you to buy things you aren’t planning on eating. The shopping path forces you to walk past products on non-essential aisles. Staple items such as meat, dairy products, breads, and household products are usually located in far corners or the opposite end of the entrance.

Stick to your habitual grocery list

Grocery Shopping list

After you've chosen the most cost effective groceries and planned your route to save time and money, the next time you go shopping, try to stick to the same list of items until you form a habit.

Ask the butcher for help

Butcher's help

If you are the family chef, then you’ll know exactly what portion of fish, beef or chicken meat to buy in your house. Instead of buying repackaged premium cut meats, ask the butcher for cheaper cuts or larger cuts, that usually cost less than the ones displayed right out front. 

Thaw your own seafood at home

Thawing seafood

The deli just marks up the price of already thawed meats, which are ready to cook straight away. These are actually the same items you find in the frozen food section. Save your money and buy frozen meats instead of room temperature. 

Eat before you shop

Eat before going to the grocery

Never ever do your grocery shopping before mealtime or when you feel hungry. Take our word for it.

Review your receipt for errors

Review receipts

You may not always notice this but blunders happen at the cashier section all the time. Keep an eye out when you pay for your groceries to make sure that no double punches are made while checking out and always review your receipt.