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Shopping Tips For The Grocery
Sometimes buying groceries can be an expensive proposition. We go in, thinking that we won't be buying any big-expense item, start picking up small items here and there, in fact, getting practically anything that comes to mind. As we reach the check-out counter, we are shocked that we have spent so much. But it's too late to do anything by then. Here are a few money-saving tips to remember for the next time you go shopping for groceries.

Just like the boy scouts, being prepared matters a lot when buying groceries. This means taking the trouble to come up with a list of things you need. Make an inventory of the house first and list down things as you go along. After you have your list, add up all the amounts and see if that's what you want to spend. If not, then cross out some items on the list for next time. It also pays to collect those discount coupons for occasions just like this.

Important: preparing a list is one thing, but following it to the letter is another. Make sure that once you're in the supermarket, you don't pick up things that aren't on your list. Remember, that's precisely why you came up with the list in the first place. Resist impulse buying at all costs.

Choosing the best and most cost-effective store around is also important. Compare prices at different venues. Compare quality. Check out the promos and other consumer come-ons that they are offering. At first glance, the prices of commodities may differ by an insignificant value, but adding them all up can burn a hole in your pocket.

Here's one especially for my brother, Leonard. Eat at home first before heading to the grocery. Of course, you know why. Once you get there, there are just so many delicious looking and fine smelling treats all over the place that it's hard to resist. That is, unless you've managed to eat first.

Another thing worth trying are those store brands that offer assorted items. Give them a try. You will save a lot. And believe me, their quality is not as bad as you think.

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