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Is there a more frustrating time of day than when the kids are tired and fussy, and youíre desperately trying to get through the store, to pick up something for dinner since thereís nothing in the house to eat. If youíre like me, you run in for a few things since you canít stand the thought of pizza again, and you end up with a full cart costing $122.
Yikes, food itís expensive but obviously a necessity. I did a little bit of research as to the percentage of our paycheck that goes toward food and found a great budget worksheet on the Washington Post website for graduates. Their experts recommend we shoot for a goal of no more than 18% of our income going toward food.
Iím sure that number depends on your income and the size of your family, but food is still a major expense we all have to deal with.
So I asked the experts, our frugal FatWallet Facebook friends and Twitter followers for their advice.
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Choosy Moms (and Dads) Choose Stores Wisely
While it often pays to shop around it is time consuming. If youíve got a busy schedule (who doesnít?) you may do better focusing on your favorite store and getting to know their sales schedules, deals, coupon policies etc. Many of our readers shared their favorite stores: Trader Joeís, WalMart, Woodman's, etc.
Think outside the box for your grocery gathering. Drug stores like Osco and Walgreens have great bargains and coupon deals for various food items. Wholesale stores like Samís Club and CostCo are great places to buy in bulk. Restaurant supply stores may offer great deals in bulk quantities too.
Get creative where you shop. Try out some ethnic grocery stores and health food stores as well as your local farmerís market.
While we donít have it where we live now, I loved using PeaPod which allowed me to order my groceries online and have them delivered. Even with a delivery fee, I ended up spending less time and money because I would work off of the previous weekís shopping list, adding in the extras and I didnít get caught in the moment to impulse buy.
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In the end...
It all boils down to preparation. The more prepared you are, the less likely you will be to overspend on your groceries.
If you liked this post, please remember to ďlike itĒ and share it with your friends! Iíd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below as well. What are your great grocery shopping tips?
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