You make a grocery list of the essential items you need, probably going to the grocery store every other week or so. Sure there are most likely items that you impulse buy while you are at the store that you probably do not need, or go in for milk but come out with a cart of groceries, but even when you try to stay on track, there are still items that you are throwing money away on that you probably do not even realize that you are. With a few tweaks to your grocery shopping and you could shed dollars off of your total grocery bill each week, adding up to huge savings each month, let along over the course of a year.
Paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues are the first things you should take a second look to make spending changes. I am not saying to buy the absolute cheapest toilet paper that cuts you, paper towel that comes apart when wiping down a kitchen counter, or tissues that rip your nose apart, but there is no need to buy the most expensive kind. Store brand such from stores such as Costco, Kroger, and Target are not only dollars off of the premium name-brand, but are also unnoticeable when swapped out. Trash and storage bags is another area that can be downgraded to save on price, but not necessarily quality. Let’s face it, trash bags are what they are; to throw items away. As long as they are durable enough for the kitchen garbage can, who cares if they have drawstrings, or are a name-brand. Storage bags are probably not used too often, storing leftover or a lunch for the next day, so no need to shell out the additional premium price for a name, where the difference is nonexistent.
In the age of trying to eat heathier and limiting the amount of toxins put into our bodies, it can be more expensive, especially with organic products, so while our grocery bill starts to rise, it is important to look at areas that could be reduced. Start with looking at other brands of your essential items. If you have a grocery budget, would you rather have quality fresh food ingratiates or high end paper towel, toilet paper, and trash bags? I think that answer is pretty simple.