With the price of food rising and paychecks staying the same, it's hard to get ahead. But it's not impossible, with a few changes to your routine and staying organized you can still make a trip to the supermarket fit your lifestyle.
Once I started working, food shopping gave me peace. It was an hour of uninterrupted aisle searching that always resulted in leaving the store with bags. A win-win situation.
Or at least it was. The prices of food have skyrocketed and it seems impossible to catch a sale. Before 2020 I could walk in, and know I was coming out with several deals AND stay within my $50 budget.
When the coronavirus became the new topic of discussion, it made filling your basket with affordable options even more difficult. Many families went to their local store and bought an immense amount of non perishable items. In an effort to keep shelves stocked, markets limited how many items you could purchase and increased the sale price.
So, now with our new version of normal how do you shop smartly?
This is a not so secret guide for low income households, college students, and anyone looking to learn a few effective tips and tricks.
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So what's the first step to shopping like an expert?
Make a list
My grandma would write out everything in the order of the aisles. It makes it super convenient to stick to the list without aimlessly browsing.
Write down all of the items you need. You can even categorize them.