Like everyone else we at NotesVilla are aware that times are tough financially. Everyone is feeling the pinch, especially students. That's why, in addition to having so many free resources for you to access, we've created this list of great money saving tips when completing your supermarket shopping.
1. Sign up for store cards and loyalty programs
Most grocery stores have loyalty programs that their customers can sign up for that are free of charge! By signing up, you can benefit from the store’s member-only deals, all you have to do is scan your card at the checkout or enter your phone number that is linked to your loyalty account! This way, whenever you are browsing the aisles and see that an item is on sale, you can cash in on those savings!
2. Make a grocery list before going to the store
Going to the supermarket without a list can make it extremely easy to buy things you don’t really need, or items that you can’t put together to make a meal! Making a list can help you stick to only buying the items you need whilst also making sure you are getting all the items you needed for the meals you plan on making!
3. Make sure you know what’s in your fridge
Before going to the store or even making a grocery list, make sure you know what items you have in your fridge, freezer, and pantry! By doing a quick check of what you have in stock at home, you can avoid purchasing duplicate items and raising your bill!
4. Download supermarket apps
Most supermarkets require you to clip coupons or add them to your account in order to get those specific deals! Before your trip to the store, make sure you are up to date on all the coupons your store currently offers, make sure to pay close attention to the expiry dates of those coupons!
5. Compare prices between stores
Many supermarkets have websites or apps where you can check the prices of items! In order to make your grocery shopping experience as cost-efficient as possible, make sure you compare the prices between stores! Certain stores may also have special deals going on, so make sure you are comparing prices regularly! By checking these prices online, you save yourself the hassle of going from store to store!
6. Avoid pre-packaged items
Although buying pre-cut vegetables or pre-cut fruit can seem like a good idea when it comes to saving time when you are cooking, stores often charge more for the convenience of these items. Try sticking to whole fruit or frozen vegetables to save money.
7. Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry
Going grocery shopping on an empty stomach can make it very easy to give into cravings, make spur-of-the-moment purchases, and buy items that aren’t on your list! Make sure you have something to eat before going to the store!
8. Buy store brands
Grocery stores tend to stock their shelves by putting the most expensive, name-brand items at eye-level. In order to make sure you aren’t falling for this costly trap, make sure you are looking at the top and bottom of the shelves, there you will often find generic brands that are cheaper and oftentimes just as good!
By following these great NotesVilla money saving tips, you'll have enough coins jangling in your pocket, or credit on your card, to treat yourself to something nice. Go on...you deserve it!