We all know the hard truth don’t we? Grocery stores and other shopping establishments only want one thing. Our money. They build these places to trick you into giving them more and more money. If you don’t realize this then allow me to shed some light on the topic. Everything you are hit with on a daily basis is designed for you to spend money. From billboard advertisements to radio everyone is trying to snake charm that hard earned money out of your pocket. So what can you do to combat this? Shop smarter not harder.
Shopping Smarter. Make a List Dummy!
When it comes time for you to do some grocery shopping for your home it is best to make a list of all the things your home needs to get through an allotted amount of time. Depending on your budget this can be from one to two weeks. Making a list stops impulse buying dead in its tracks. If it is not on the list don’t buy it. It is that simple. If you see something in the store that you forgot to add to the list, add it and then cross it out. It all boils down to the amount of discipline you have.
Make a Budget
When you make a budget and a list you are on your way to saving thousands of dollars a year. The budget will allow you to curve the amount you spend at the store. If you know how much you intend on spending for each trip to the store you will command more control of your overall finances. One tip to spend only what you have allotted for your budget is to use only cash. Put the amount into an envelope and label it groceries. This way you will not be able to spend over your budget as the amount of money you have wont allow it.