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How to Stay on Budget at the Grocery Store

Staying on budget at the grocery store can be super hard. It is not hard to spend more than your allotted amount on that spontaneous box of cookies. And what is a few more dollars on that gallon of ice cream? But going over budget could mean the difference between getting gas this week or not. So, before heading to do your weekly shopping, let’s take a few minutes to talk about how you can stay on budget at the store but still eat well.

Setting a Budget Before Going to the Store

It is super easy to simply move some money around when you are at the grocery store. So before going to the store, think really hard about your budget and what you can comfortably afford to spend at the grocery store. It does not matter how many time you visit the grocery store in a week, just make sure you stick to your budget for the week. Make sure you keep a total of how much you have spent that week so you know how much money you have left. Many people like to track their spending on their bank cards so they can track their spending, while others prefer cash and a total on a piece of paper. Find a system that works for you but stick to your weekly budget.

Write Out a List and Stick to It

Make sure you take the time to jot down things you need to buy. Buy only the things you will actually eat along with the staples like milk, bread, eggs, and juice. Whether you prefer a paper list so you can write down the price as you shop or a digital list on your phone, make sure you get only the stuff on the list and nothing else slips into your cart. If you can’t be trusted not to slip those three packs of Oreos into your cart, don’t go down the bargain or cookie isles.

Set Up an Inventory Control System

When you run out of things, write it down on a list. Use a magnetized list on your fridge or a list on your phone to write down everything you run out of. This list will help you keep track of what you need and what you have plenty of so you can spend that money elsewhere in your budget and afford to splurge on something you really want.

Shopping on a budget is extremely hard when impulse items are everywhere. But these tips to help keep you on budget when you are at the grocery store. Good luck and remember to stick to your list!

Stay on Budget with Hearn Kirkwood

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and fresh seafood. We purchase 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia.

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