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In practice, saving money when you go to buy groceries isn’t difficult: it just requires a degree of planning and a modicum of common sense. Unfortunately, racing around a supermarket at the end of a working day tends to mean both quantities are in short supply. In the following list, hit the original post for a detailed discussion on each point.
10. Work with a list
Having a list works on several levels: you don’t make impulse purchases, you’ve (hopefully) got a plan that makes use of food you’ve already got at home, and if you’re aiming for uber-efficiency, you can even list items in supermarket order. For further reduction of impulse buys, try writing your list a day ahead of time and then edit it before shopping. (Original post)
9. Compare prices properly
8. Check the expiry dates
7. Make use of loyalty programs
6. Bulk buy when it makes sense
5. Use everything up properly
4. Embrace your freezer
3. Stage an occasional clearout
2. Never shop on an empty stomach
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