Friday, February 16, 2018 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

If you are looking to cut back on household expenses you would normally look at your food budget because next to paying for rent or a mortgage one of the largest expenses for most households including our own is food. The rising costs of food have really got me thinking about our food budget. 

I know I am not the only one who has noticed that the food prices are rising but they package sizes are shrinking. Years ago I decided to make a drastic change in our food consumption and in that reflected in our budget. 

I have found a few tricks that help me keep my food budget in check without having to use coupons and do any price matching. Not that I don't do that when I grocery shop but I know not everyone feels they have the time to be price matching and couponing.

1. Is it really a CLEARANCE price?
I was actually tricked by a clearance sticker this past week when shopping with my husband. The clearance peppers where more expensive than buying a bag of 4 peppers I already had in my cart. I know better than to fall for this but we were in a hurry and I didn't take the time to double check. I ended up paying $2 more for clearance peppers.  

2. There is a SALE tag so it must be a good deal right? 
Have you ever noticed how the larger quantity of items goes on sale and yet when you double check in the aisle you can clearly see if you purchase a few of the smaller size items and make them equal the larger one that buying more smaller ones is more economical then buying the larger item that is on sale.  

3. Double check pricing
When paying by the pound you need to double check the pricing and the weight of the item. I do notice that a lot of places have pay by weight but yet they have no scale in site for you to double check how much you will be paying. Sometimes purchasing your item in bulk is not always cheaper. 

Remember it is your money and you should always double check the pricing of the items you are purchasing. Follow these tips and you won't be tricked at the check out to pay more for your groceries.

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What are some of your grocery tips that don't include using coupons and price matching?