Reduce on Produce
For many active adults in retirement living, money is an important aspect to consider when making daily decisions. Reducing your grocery bill can be a small, yet significant, factor in stretching your savings.
Before heading out to the grocery store, make sure you have set a budget and made a list. Making a list will help you avoid buying things you don’t need or doubling up on items you already have. Try to shop for foods which can be used in multiple dishes.
Depending on the store, online services may be available, allowing you to buy your groceries online and have them delivered right to your door. This service prevents the impulse buys that would occur in a traditional store setting, delivering only what you order.
Cut the Costs
The most obvious way to cut the grocery bill is to use coupons. Coupons can be found in a variety of places, including the Sunday paper, couponing websites, and store flyers. Be sure to shop when the store is holding deals as well, especially when they offer “buy one, get three free” deals.
Some stores also offer a discount if you use your own shopping bags, self checkout, or self scanner services. Also inquire at the customer service desk if your grocery store carries a “frequent shopper” card – which offers discounts on multiple purchases.
Buy in Bulk
In Western Mass, there are a couple prominent shopping clubs, like Costco and BJ’s, which allow you to buy in bulk. If there is something you use a lot in your cooking, it is always a price chopper to stock up. Buying store brands is also a great way to save money at the grocery store. These products are usually the same quality as the well-known brands and contain the same nutritional content.
Remember the most important rule of thumb when shopping for groceries - ignore your impulses and focus on the things you actually need. Never shop when you’re hungry to avoid buying junk foods that cost too much and lack nutritional value.
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