Getting the best deals from the brands your family loves … how do you that today? I can let you in on a few of my tips for making your grocery and basic needs trips easier on your budget.
I talked to a co-worker about this recently so these are the tips I gave her.
1) Watch for sales. Simple, right? I am amazed at how many folks don’t do this though! Amazed at how many folks pay full price for a box of cereal because they ran out and didn’t buy three boxes when it was on sale. The typical sale cycle is six weeks so get enough or close to enough to last your family that six weeks.
2) Match your coupons with the sales. I do this a lot but focus on key items we use like diapers, cereal, and frozen veggies. It is a lot easier on my budget to stock up on diapers at $5 a package than to pay $9-10 a package at their regular price. I will get at least a month of diapers if not two months at a time. Plus this limits my trips to the store. Any week that I can skip a trip to the store saves me money in our budget. Something to think about there.
3) Be flexible in your brands you buy. I found this out with toilet paper. While my husband has a brand he loves, we don’t have to buy that every single time. Especially with little kids that go to the bathroom all of the time. So I buy what I can when it is on sale with coupons. I did learn that I am not happy with saving a few extra dollars on my laundry soap. So I do major stocks up on it when it goes buy one, get one free and they often have coupons.
4) Find a store that works for your shopping style. You don’t have to go to five stores a week. We hit up two most weeks. Every once and awhile I will hit up a different grocery store but I will trade it out for my other grocery store, not add it in my shopping.
So how do you make your shopping trips a success and not a challenge? Do you use these same tips or do you have your own? Let me know as I love to get ideas from you as we can all learn from each other on how to make our budgets work with the brands we love!