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Never Shop When You’re Hungry

Never Shop When You’re Hungry

I know this tip — never shop when you’re hungry — but that’s exactly what I did on Sunday morning this past weekend. Everything looked so yummy and tasty. And guess what? My bill was about $30 higher than usual. Lesson learned, again.

Food prices are on the rise. I am not the most frugal shopper. I don’t cut coupons, or when I do, I can never find them. I bring my own bags to save on garbage (and save 5 cents on each one), but I know I might do better if I took the time to write a really good shopping list.

Looking through some files at work, I found the following tips from an older edition of the Farmers’ Almanac about shopping wisely. I thought I’d share and see if you follow any of these tips or think they are realistic (they were probably written more than 30 years ago). I’d also love to find out what things you do to make your shopping experience easier on the wallet (ha look at number 2).

Shopping Tips:
All the food experts agree on certain rules for economical food buying.

1.  Never be in a hurry when shopping.

2.  Never shop when hungry.

3.  Shop when the stores in your area are not crowded and the shelves are newly stocked.

4.  Plan your meal ahead and have a list of the items you need. Avoid impulse buying but be flexible enough to snap up a worthwhile bargain.

5.  Comparison shop the weekly grocery ads beforehand. If the stores are close together, it could be a saving to shop in more than one store.

6.  Leave your children and spouse at home.

7.  Use “cents-off” coupons only when you can’t buy an item you want at a lower price than comparable brands.

8.  Don’t give up nutrition for the sake of saving money.

9.  Nothing is a bargain if your family won’t eat it.

Sounds like some good advice. What do you think? Do you do any of the following? Share you shopping secrets here.


1 TheMaineMan { 10.04.12 at 9:28 pm }

Interesting… I find that when my wife and I shop together, our bill tends to be less. Because when we shop separately, we tend to “overlap” and get too much because we forget what the other person did/didn’t get. On top of a higher grocery bill, it causes an extra trip to the store as a household.

Where on earth do you live where gas is $3.45? I’d be happy to see that price right about now.

2 Brenda McCraw { 10.03.12 at 5:26 pm }

I read this too late! I just came back from walmart and spent $90 on groceries. It wouldnt be so hard if I didnt have 2 kids haha! “can i have cookies?” “can we go by mcdonalds?” “Can i have this??” and I didnt have time to cut up coupons either. money, money, money! everything costs money. I can barely afford my credit card bill. (atleast this time it was on my debit card) but atleast gas is going down. 3.45 still expensive but better than it was. That helps a little bit with my money issue. All of us in this country need these tips. Us Americans cant seem to take time and shop with no stress

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