Do Not Go Hungry

She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.

(Proverbs 31:14)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for it is You who provides for us each and every day. Help us to seek Your counsel in the way we are buying and preparing the food for our family. Enable us to see Your mighty Hand and that it is You who will meet our needs. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

“Don’t go shopping while you are hungry.”

Ever heard that before? That’s one good advice for shopping for food. Who does not want to save money while in the supermarket? Following are a few more tips to save when going shopping. I hope you will find them useful.

Pay Attention

Marketing studies show that once we are in the supermarket, we will buy more than one item. Sounds familiar? How can you avoid that? Just remember four things: Shelves, Advertisements, Fancy Packaging, and Extra (Bulk) Buying.

Shelves: Shops promote certain items by placing them on shelves at your eye level. Think twice before reaching out to buy products which are easy to grab. Check the ones at a lower or higher level on the shelves. It’s also good to be aware of items that are placed at front sides and close to the checkout.

Advertisements: Supermarkets advertise to attract shoppers. You will only save money on advertised items if:
a) you know your prices (would it be cheaper in another store?); also would it really be worth to do an extra trip to that store just for one or the other item/s?
b) if you will only get what you will need right now, or if you would get products with a longer shelf-life or for storage (e.g. meat to freeze)

Fancy Packaging: Food companies use specific colors and designs in their food packaging to attract our attention. Wouldn’t the product in the less glitzy packaging be as good? Try some of them and make notes which are just as good as others.

Extra: When buying extra (in bulk), prioritize on buying dried food and cans. Include frozen items after checking their expiration date. Buy more or less refrigerated and fresh foods depending on how quickly you can make use of them and check to see if you can freeze one or the other item.

It’s a good idea to have a calculator at hand while shopping.

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