Moseying around a supermarket is a surefire way to spend more money than you planned to. Set yourself a time limit to make sure you get in and out of the store with only what you need.
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To keep yourself from grabbing things you didn't put on your shopping list, Apartment Therapy suggests picking a set amount of time you're allowed to be in the supermarket. Time yourself the next time you go shopping and then try to beat that time by 20 per cent on the next round. You can even use a timer on your phone that lets you know when time is up.
This will help you cut back on unnecessary spending. If you've been good, it's also OK to give yourself a little "flex spending" in your food budget. For example, you can treat yourself with a five dollar allowance per trip or limit yourself to a single impulse item per week. Hit the link for more saving tips.
Tips for Sticking to a Budget: Getting Grocery Shopping Under Control [Apartment Therapy]