You have compiled data, research and analyzed your family usage for toiletries and food. Now that you have your budget set for groceries you are ready to hit the road. Then it happens, you arrive at the store only to find that the latest sales, end cap promotions and the fact that your belly is growling is testing your strength to stick with a grocery budget. Have no fear, let go of all those distractions and remain confident. You can stick to a budget at the grocery store without completely losing your mind!
Stick to a List – the first rule of success in sticking to a budget is creating a list and sticking to it. While creating a grocery list may take time, it will save money. You have loads of time to devote and not as much cash to devote; taking the time to write a list for grocery shopping will eliminate your overspending habits.
Do Without Extras – have a family meeting to discuss extras that you were spending money on but don’t necessary need in the home. Have each family member give up one extra in their life as a means to maintain your budget. Working together to eliminate one extra that you can go without allows for you to have a little wiggle room when it comes to your grocery shopping trip.
Meal Plan – this is something people either love or hate. While a meal plan can be tedious, it can save you a boat load of money. There are many websites geared towards creating the meal plan for you, so really all you have to do is find them, print the grocery list and head out the door. When you incorporate meal planning into your family life, it alleviates the extra spending.
Make Homemade – while homemade meals may cost a bit more upfront, they actually save money because you can buy multiple supplies in bulk to store in the pantry. Homemade meals tend to leave you with leftovers, which allow you to incorporate more than one meal out of that homemade dish. Working homemade meals into your budget will better allow you to shop within your means.
There are many ways you can work to stick to a budget at the grocery store and simply learn to have a bit of strength when it comes to those impulse purchases. Using a list and working to designate a meal plan into your family life will ultimately guide you down the path of surviving grocery shopping and arriving back home beaming with pride that you were able to stick to the budget.