How do you save on grocery expenses when you are shopping at one of the most expensive cities in the world? Residents and visiting tourists alike hunt for the best bargains while some resort to online grocery shopping to cut on gas and parking fees.
So what are the most effective tips to help a mom, a college student, a tourist, and even a new expat in town save on grocery shopping expenses? Here are some suggestions:
- Prepare a list and stick to it.
Avoid lingering in aisles that do not carry the items on your list so you will not be tempted to pick up something just because it’s on sale or it’s the last item of its kind.
- Prepare your week’s menu.
This will help you determine how much of each item you need to buy. Buying more of what you will not be using for the week and less of what you really need will prove to be a total waste of money and time.
- Use a calculator.
Punch in every item you put in your cart to make sure you are within budget until you reach the counters.
- Buy less canned, packaged, or preserved meats and vegetables.
Try fresh green tea leaves and slice your own cheese for a change! Buying the products in whole, fresh forms can be cheaper than getting it in “ready to cook” bags.
- Eat before you start shopping.
When you are hungry, you will be tempted to take more than what you have budgeted for. Even when you are not really hungry, have something soothing to drink like a cup of warm oolong tea to fill your tummy. You are able to focus better when your nerves are relaxed.
- Get your meat, fish, and poultry supplies from a local wet market.
Raw food are sold at cheaper prices here while you can be sure that you are getting the freshest produce available.
Since you can’t help but visit a grocery store at least once every week, take time out to devise a scheme that will help you save on money, time, and effort. Keep within your budget and never get tired of exploring alternative places where you can get what you need at more affordable prices.