Grocery Shopping

Adam Wright

The grocery store is a place that eats up a chunk of almost every family's budget. If you don't shop with a little common sense, it will cost you a lot more than it should. Financial advisor, Adam Wright says the key to cutting your grocery bill starts before you ever step foot in the store.

"Eat before you go. Don't go into the grocery store hungry. When you go to the grocery store hungry everything looks good everything smells good." Wright says.

Make a list of the items you need to buy and stick to it. Limit your time in the store so you're not tempted to buy on impulse. Check out all the sales, but stick to only one store.

If the grocery store has a department that sells bulk items, it may save you some money because you can buy as much or as little as you need. Wright says if possible, leave your children at home. Children have a tendency to want unnecessary items at the store. Parents often find it easier to say yes to buying an item just to keep their children quiet. Clipping coupons can be a smart way to save some money, but only if the coupon is used for something you already need. It is not a savings if you spend an extra dollar just to save ten cents. Wright says don't be afraid to try the generic store brands. They tend to be cheaper than name brands.

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