2. Consider what has to be accomplished with this week’s pay. Does that money include your gas money? Unless you work from home, you’d better count that in. Determine what portion can be spent on food.
3. What are THIS week’s shopping essentials? Can that shampoo stretch another week? What are you going to make for your meals? Select recipes that your family likes, so that they are happy and nothing is wasted, but steer clear of anything that requires the purchase of ingredients that will sit on the shelf for months. (If it calls for ketchup, buy it. Ketchup you’ll use! If it requires tarragon and you don’t have any, you may want to save that recipe for another time. Tarragon can be pricey and you won’t use it often enough.)
7. Make a precise list. No guess work. If you have a computer, put your list on an Excel spreadsheet with estimated prices. Based on your experience, predict the cost of each item and pad it just a little bit. (If you think it will cost $2.25 then write down $2.50 just in case there is a price hike.)
9. Join Websites. There are some great websites that keep up with the latest deals at the grocery stores as well as retail and discount stores. When you find a site that meets your needs, subscribe to their posts by email or RSS feed to find out the latest, soon as it posts.
Great Websites for Savings Tips:
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