Saving money on food

The following are general rules to follow when food shopping.

1. Never shop hungry, you will get cravings which will convince you to buy more.

2. If possible, shop alone. (couples can take turns). This decreases the time spent in the supermarket because you don't have to discuss what to buy which reduces the possibility of 'impulse purchases'. Also, you will never end up saying "okay, let's just get both" like you might if you found yourself arguing with another person over what flavour or brand to get.

3. Write a list, make sure it covers every meal and snack over the week or fortnight.

4. Read information on packaging about 'servings per pack' etc. To ensure you buy what you need and not too little or too much.

5. Avoid doing 'small grocery shopping'. How many times do you plan on going to a store for bread and milk only, yet come out with several bags full of groceries. If you wrote your shopping list properly you shouldn't need anything else. Even perishables like milk have a 10 day shelf life these days, (which leads on to the following rule)

6. Check use by or best before dates. Look for the farthest away date on perishables. The newest stock should be found at/rotated to the back of the shelf, provided that the supermarket staff are doing their job properly. The general rule for supermarket shelf filling is F.I.F.O (First In First Out).

7. Buy the stores own brand. AKA, corporate brands, house brands, home brands, budget brands. These are often the cheapest products in the store yet they are all made under contract by some of the big brands/market leaders.

Also, try to bring your lunch to work to prevent you from going to the nearby cafe and paying a colossal amount of money for something that you could have made 20 of for the same price if you bought the ingredients yourself.
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Posté le 14-09-2007 18:21 | 26 Commentaires | 32 fois favoris | Rapporté 0 fois comme inapproprié
 

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#1     Nice list jeffx! +1 favorite :-)
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Moneytrackin' staff - moneytrackin.com
Posté le 15-09-2007 12:01
#2     Really impress !

Thanks
Posté le 20-10-2007 14:19
#3     These really help! Thanks! :D
Posté le 28-12-2007 03:35
#4     thank you
Posté le 02-01-2008 17:50
#5     Good ideal.
Posté le 04-01-2008 02:15
#6     Also, try to bring your lunch to work to prevent you from going to the nearby cafe and paying a colossal amount of money for something that you could have made 20 of for the same price if you bought the ingredients yourself.

Best tip!!
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'Promise me you gonna to stack, Promise me you gonna ball, Promise me you'll invest 3/4 of it all.' -Outkast
Posté le 08-01-2008 22:58
#7     Also, to add on the bring your own lunch and stuff.... Make your own coffee at home. Invest in a timed coffee maker, so that every morning, its ready to go, and your not spending a ton of money at your nearest starbucks, sure, its not the same thing, but there are many specialty coffee brands that do taste awesome, and over the long run, you'll save a lot. good luck guys
Posté le 16-01-2008 09:58
#8     "7. Buy the stores own brand. AKA, corporate brands, house brands, home brands, budget brands. These are often the cheapest products in the store yet they are all made under contract by some of the big brands/market leaders."

This is a tip most people neglect, "The generics just don't taste the same!" Well I've worked for WinCo, Fred Myere's, WalMart, Albertsons, and quite a few others when I had part time jobs. The thing most people don't know is that some companies PAY for their own competition. IE: Kraft Food manufactures the Rainbow brand of foods, they are stocked side by side on the shelves to give the consumer the impression that the store is trying to save t...  » voir tous les commentaires
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Procrastination Takes Time.
Posté le 17-01-2008 01:48
#9     Thanks for the insight neko
Posté le 17-02-2008 01:38
#10     good tips
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tuanbui
Posté le 29-02-2008 03:09
#11     Thanks!
Now, I need to practice it!. ;)
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Arturo II Garcia Payares
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Posté le 29-03-2008 20:18
#12     thk a lot
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Mechanical Design Engineer
Posté le 04-07-2008 07:34
#13     Simple great!

These tips are so useful that I'll translate them for the spanish community.

Thanks!
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Will
Posté le 29-07-2008 15:43
#14     I like the #1 tip thanks
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Geunjung Kim
Posté le 02-10-2008 06:36
#15     oh heh, I just made a little list that contained nr 1 and 3 :-)

Great tips indeed.
Posté le 23-10-2008 22:22
#16     My number one moneysaver is simply DON'T EAT OUT. I used to eat home maybe once or twice a week and get takeout or go to a restaurant proper the other 5 days. This equates to a fairly massive food expenses account. Making food at home isn't just cheaper, it often tastes better and can be fun as long as you don't do the same thing over and over again.
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Trying my best to not waste what I've got on things I don't need. I give far too much money to bars and restaurants.
Posté le 26-10-2008 19:56
#17     It is alway good to check twice one with your online banking and once with moneytrackin, before you start spending!
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Mr John A McKenna
Posté le 15-12-2008 11:01
#18     Stay away from processed foods. Shop the periphery of stores. Avoid the inner aisles.
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William E Benshoof
Posté le 08-01-2009 08:01
#19     Great list!
May I translate 2 Spanish? May I add the comments from other users?

RGDS
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SLDS,
-- Thaly Andrea
Posté le 02-02-2009 14:51
#20     Absolutely true.I have just one problem:no car and a bad back wich means thar I can't carry much....difficult to shop alone and for 2 weeks....So I try to make a list and follow it as well as I can.What helps me a lot is to go shopping with my boy.He hates staying long and just looking in a supermarket....

Isa du Pôle nord
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Isa du Pôle Nord
Posté le 19-08-2009 21:23
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