The modern-day shopper has to face numerous challenges in the concrete jungle every day. One of the greatest obstacles the Indiana Jones of the shopping aisles has to face is to try to not bankrupt him- or herself during daily trips to the grocery store.
I think it’s time to ask yourself; what do you believe you can save? Here are a few handy hints to keep more bucks in your back pocket.
Ten Bills of Doom
• Your list is your bullwhip, Indy. Never go without it. Keep a list of the staples in your pantry and tick them off as soon as you’ve used them. Go bulk shopping once a month and replenish your supplies.
• Certain items should always be in your house; it’s REALLY inconvenient when things like light bulbs, batteries and toilet paper are finished. Keep them handy. You don’t want to be caught with your pants down when you run out.
• Plan a weekly menu. Planning in advance takes all the guesswork out of your shopping and leaves little room for unnecessary purchases.
• Keep another list on the fridge or somewhere else where it’s visible and make a note of general things you need to get as soon as you need them. When it’s time to compile your final shopping list, sort items by aisle.
Raiders of the Costly Market
• First things first: Have a hearty meal before you go shopping. Hungry shoppers are careless shoppers. Stick to your list and do your shopping aisle by aisle. Don’t be distracted by booby traps in the form of specials that are advertised in the store, unless it is actually noted on your list.
• Don’t go shopping for just one item. This only opens the door to buying other stuff that you don’t really need. Avoid shopping at the corner store or the shop at the petrol garage, these are a lot more expensive than you think.
• Don’t be a snob when it comes to brands. The store brands are often quite a bit cheaper.
• Consider joining a loyalty programme and actually use your loyalty card every time you shop. In the long run, you’ll reap the rewards.
• Consider Mother Nature in all of this, too. Take along your own shopping bags and make a conscious decision to stop spending those few cents on something that is hurting the planet.
The Last Cent Saved
• There are many ways to start saving even before you’ve gone on a mission to the grocery store. Start saving at home with what you have. Waste not, want not. If there’s half a tomato, half an onion and a cup of pasta left, don’t let these ingredients go to waste. Combine them with other tidbits for a quick and easy meal.
• Don’t throw your leftovers away. Pack your own lunch for the next day using your leftovers. Pre-made snacks might be easier, but they’re costing you a substantial amount of money over time. Your colleagues will turn up their noses at their own plastic lunch meals once they see what you’re having.
• For your body and your pocket’s sake, drink water. Cold drinks are unhealthy and expensive. You need at least six glasses of water a day, and it is literally the cheapest way to keep you fighting fit.
Try to incorporate as many of these tips into your weekly grocery spending and notice the amount of cash you have left at the end of the month. You’re guaranteed to have saved. Perhaps not saved the world, but most definitely your hard-earned rands. Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.