Staying Focused in Grocery Stores
COLUMBIA - This year, the consumer price index for all food is projected to increase between 2 to 3 percent. That increase is for both food purchased from grocery stores and restaurant prices. While you can't avoid getting the staples you need, we have a few tips to help you save a few extra dollars while shopping.
Reducing the number of trips that you make to the store each week or month reduces the odds of unnecessary purchases.
Pay in cash when you put groceries on your credit card and don't pay off the card in full each month, you pay interest on the purchase.
Keep your kitchen stocked, stocking your kitchen can mean you won't run out of staple items and need to buy them on the spur or the moment.
Don't bring the kids, the more people you have adding what they want in your cart, the more you are sometimes forced to buy.
Check your bill after you checkout. Electronic scanners make the shopping experience faster and more convenient, but scanners aren't perfect. Be sure to take a look at the receipt to make sure your coupons and discounts were taken into account.