We’ve all gone to draw up a shopping list and been left totally uninspired about what to buy. Some of us do our shopping based on what we regularly eat, and thus we buy the same old stuff day in, day out. Others do a weekly shop, buy whatever is on offer, and don’t fancy eating it later in the week, and thus we throw much of it away. There are ways in which you draw up a good shopping list with food you want to eat and cut the costs at the supermarket at the same time, though. In this article, we’ll explore those options a bit more clearly.
Comparing the Market
Have you ever thought of going online for inspiration? Most major supermarkets allow you to visit their website and check their prices. After all, they are interested in beating their rivals. Online, you can check prices and compare the goods you usually buy against rival supermarkets. In this manner, you can build up a price-efficient list before you even visit the store.
While in this day and age, most grocery shops allow you to buy your food online (and that can save time) it may not always be advantageous. The dates on food tend to be less generous with online food, so if you’re planning a big shop (for a week or more), you may find it ideal to buy non-perishable goods, such as tinned and packet food – not fresh. If you shop online, you also need to know what you feel like eating for the rest of the day. Day to day shopping doesn’t really work online.
However, if you’re the type of person who buys the same goods each week, you should always check the prices of several supermarkets online (there are several compare websites to help with that) and thus you can plan a shopping list which guarantees you the best deals.
If you do your grocery shopping online, you are also not limited in terms of which store you visit. You may have been avoiding a store because it is too far away. That’s not an issue with an online grocery store which delivers – and many of them do.
Promos and Coupons Cut Costs
Even today, promos and coupons form an important part of many people’s weekly shop. You no longer must skim through newspapers to seek out solid promos and coupons. The chances are that the online website of your favourite grocery store has an e-magazine, laden with their offers. If you shop online, you can often use coupon codes (found at the website) to cut down your bill further.
Many of these online grocers will also permit you to “save” a basket after a purchase, and then load it up the following week. If you buy the same stuff week in, week out, you needn’t even have to plan a list, merely load up the same one as a previous shop.
Armed with a price comparison, promos and coupons, the man or woman who shops for a week and buys the same goods (which is often the case when there are many mouths to feed) can find shopping online a cost-friendly and efficient service – not to mention one which saves lots of time.