I have come to realize that if you want to do anything effectively you have to have a strategy in place to do so.
I swear this adulting thing is more than a notion sometimes.
Grocery shopping for me use to be kind of peaceful and while I wouldn't stretch and say I enjoyed it. I most certainly didn’t mind it.
But with a growing family, came a grocery bill that grew. Which also meant that it takes more money, and time. Both which are limited.
So I finally came up with a strategy to save on both.
Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it's about deliberately choosing to be different.
I told you guys a few weeks ago, that part of Walmart is making out my shopping list, writing down the things I need. But the next step is my shopping strategy.
Here are 3 things that play a part in my grocery shopping strategy
I always have two stores as part of my weekly shopping trip. This is because my first stop is always at Aldi. While some people don’t believe in shopping at Aldi for whatever reason. I am and have been for years a regular Aldi shopper. The only thing about Aldi is that they don’t always have everything that I need. But hands down their prices are always cheaper.
So I get everything that I can from Aldi and then I go to my second store.
If you have Aldi in your area, and you don’t shop there, you are just throwing money away!
Since moving to North Carolina, there is no shortage of grocery options. But price wise, my second runner-up is Walmart. Plus I love the fact that I can grab needed household items too and be done with everything. DONE!
When back home, the pickings were slimmer in my local area and so factored in price but also how far I had to go to get to the store and if that would cancel out the cost savings.
So then there is the brand thing.
Aldi has its own brand of foods so, you either get it there or you don’t. But other stores now give you an option between their own store brand and the name brands.
A long time ago, I was all about the name brand. Then I took the time to compare ingredients and found that almost always the store brands are the same, but better priced.
So when at Walmart, I grab the great value or equate brand if possible. If not, then I go with the brand name of preference.
This one doesn’t save me money. But y’all know, time is money. So I shop at a time when the store is less likely to be crowded. Whether that is during the day when most people are at work, or later in the evening when people have gotten settled and are not thinking about being in anyone’s store.
The way my anxiety is set up, me and crowds don’t do well. And because of it, I am guaranteed to forget things that are on my list if I don’t go when crowds are minimal.
Considering these three things has helped to save so much money on our grocery shopping bill. And as the kids are growing older and eating more, every single coin counts!