Completing the groceries you need while shopping within a budget can be quite challenging. It’s so easy to be lured from what you really need to buy whenever you step into your local grocery store – especially when there are discount sale posters (for items you don’t really need) catching your attention.

Yes, buying all your needs without paying much can be challenging, but it is possible. Shopping smarter will get you a long way in saving money on groceries.

First and foremost, being prepared before you go grocery shopping is essential. Preparation entails making a list of what you truly need to buy. Everyday foods as well as other personal needs are just some examples of what should be in your list. Simply making a grocery list isn’t enough, though. You, of course, should stick to this list.

Trying other non-popular brands can also help you save money while shopping. If you’re a loyal buyer of a popular brand for a particular item, you may want to try other generic brands which won’t cost as much. Who knows, you may find some other brand which can give you the same quality as your trusted brand but at a much cheaper price.

Know your grocery store well. In relation to choosing generic brands, you should be aware that grocery stores place items strategically to be able to tempt buyers into purchasing goods they want to promote, these are usually branded goods that would cost more.  For instance, popular, more expensive products are usually located on aisles or places you can easily see. So make sure you check the bottom shelf to see the more affordable goods. Additionally, you should also go directly to aisles where the items you need are located. A study from Marketing Science Institute revealed that you have a bigger chance of spending on impulse buys the more aisles you go to.

Use coupons and discount vouchers while shopping for groceries. No, it’s not necessary that you try extreme couponing and get all the things you may not even need. You may just use a printed coupon or even a cut-out one for goods you use every day. Using coupons has helped thousands of shoppers to save cash all over the world.

Stockpiling is also an effective way of saving on groceries. However, stockpiling can be tricky, so you have to be careful. Buy only discounted items that are necessary for you and your family like. You can stock non-perishable items like toothpaste and detergents. You may also stock fruits and vegetables that do not easily go bad – just make sure that you store them properly. This way you won’t need to buy these goods at a regular price every time you go to the grocery store.

Set a schedule to just go to the grocery store not more than once a week. This won’t only save you money, but gas and effort, too.

Do your grocery shopping alone. Shopping for groceries on your own will lower the risk of impulse buying. Shopping with your kids, for an example, may urge you to buy things that aren’t in your original list, and fighting this urge can be harder to resist when your kid started to actually ask for you to buy these items.

There are also other money-saving strategies you can come up on your own once you start practicing these tips. Do a computation after applying some of these and you’ll be pleasantly surprised on how much you can save.