A really thrifty fan always wants to save money, of course. Whether they’re shopping, booking a trip, buying a new flat-screen TV or filling up their car.
In recent years, food has become very expensive. It is therefore a good idea to pay attention to prices and compare products. The following ten tips will save you a lot of money on your next purchase. Just watch how easy it is to have more money available at the end of the month!
1. Never go shopping on an empty stomach
An important point about saving money when shopping is that you should never go grocery shopping while you’re hungry. Why not? Simply because if you go to the supermarket on an empty stomach, you will probably buy lots of products that you don’t really need.
You’ll more likely be looking for chips or other sweets. Hunger also affects patience. I’ve often gone grocery shopping on an empty stomach, lost my patience because the lines were long, and picked up a pizza on the way home.
Concentration also decreases, and it is not unusual for an important product to be forgotten.
2. Only go shopping with a list
To avoid spontaneous or impulse purchases, it is essential that you create a shopping list. This can discourage you from buying things you don’t need.
If the shopping list is relatively short, not using the shopping cart can also save money. This way you will literally be forced not to pick up any extras.
3. Buy private label brands
Well-known supermarkets like Walmart offer their own brands. These products are much cheaper than well-known brand products.
And guess what, they are often the exact same products as name brand, just packaged differently.
4. Do not buy a shopping bag
Buying plastic bags every trip can add up. So get a couple of reusable bags at the counter and bring them with you every time you go shopping.
This will not only save you some money, but you will also be doing your part for the environment.
5. Compare prices in advance
Finding the cheapest products in a supermarket can be a big challenge. In addition, some products are also rated by litres/ounces or even by pounds.
Consumers should not be misled by the packaging either. Statistics have shown that in many cases the cheapest products are placed at the bottom of the shelves.
If you take the time, you can also save a lot of money by doing a short, free search on the Internet. Compare prices and make targeted purchases. Every week you will find a variety of offers.
6. Take time before making a big purchase
Are you considering a more expensive purchase? Take 30 days and carefully consider whether the product is useful or not.
Often times, if you can actually wait out the 30 days, you will find that you lose interest in the product. This helps you avoid those pesky impulse purchases.
7. Only buy products when they’re on sale
Many products are simply necessary and that is why they are bought regularly. Among them are care products like shower gel or soap. Toilet paper should also be available in every household.
However, they can also be quite expensive. So make sure to only buy these products when they’re on sale, and perhaps buy a bit more to hold you over until the next sale.
8. Shopping with coupons and vouchers
You can see for yourself that the mailbox is filled with advertising flyers almost daily. Take the time to leaf through them, because you will often find vouchers or coupons.
Some people have made their purchases exclusively with these vouchers and coupons. Have you ever seen the show Extreme Couponing? Yea, it goes into the extremes of finding coupons, but the strategy is still valid and can be applied on a smaller, more manageable scale in your life.
9. Buy before the expiration date
You may have noticed in supermarkets that some products are much cheaper than usual. This usually happens when these products are due to expire in the next few days. However, it is true that these products are still edible and will not be damaged. Look out for these products when shopping and save money.
10. Buy seasonal products in the supermarket
It is known that fruit and vegetables have a limited shelf life. Only buy products that are available during the current season. Otherwise these products have to be imported from abroad and are therefore considerably more expensive than seasonal products.