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Do You Need To Save Grocery Money?

Jan 31, 2008
We would all like to save money on our grocery bill every week, but many of us have full schedules and we do not have much time to think about just what we can do to spend less money. The smallest actions can really add up over the long haul.

I know we all hate the idea of clipping coupons to save money, but they can actually help a lot as long as you know which ones are worth clipping. Do not bother clipping coupons you are not likely to use or those that have expiration dates that are sooner than you will be going back to the store. If you have the time and the energy, you can even double your savings with coupons if you keep track of when your store is going to have the items that you have coupons for on sale. Try not to use your coupons unless the item is on sale to get the maximum savings, but when you use them is up to you.

Cut out the cigarettes. We all know that cigarette smoke is bad for us and the people around us, but think about just how much money you spend every month on the habit. Sheesh! A pack of cigarettes costs on average around $4.50, including the taxes. If you smoke a pack a day, then you will spend around $30 per week or close to $1,600 per year! That is a lot of money that you are basically rolling up and setting on fire each year. Not only that, but if you smoke while driving or even inside your own home, you are ruining its interior. Selling either your vehicle or home later will cost you extra in cleaning fees. Do your budget a favor and kick the habit.

Do yourself a favor and leave the kids at home when you go grocery shopping. Kids are pretty persuasive, especially when they are misbehaving in the store, so they may try to get you to buy them things in exchange for being quiet. If you have to, make a list of things the kids want before you go so they will get what they want without having to argue with you over it in the store. Let each child pick one item and if they can't think of anything they want before you leave, then there is nothing they need.

Create a grocery budget every month. Go back and look at what you have spent on groceries the past 3 months and see how much you have spent on average. Determine how much you want to shave off that bill and shoot for it. The only way to know how much you are saving is to know how much you were spending before.
About the Author
Dror Klar is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of cash advances and payday loans, particularly in the state of Oregon.
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