1. Shop on the day the supermarkets announce their sale items–often a Thursday–when the bargains are available. If you shop later, you may get a rain check which will necessitate another trip to the store.
2. Avoid shopping on the weekends. Go at a different time that is convenient for you, and find the best time for the stores you frequent.
3. Shopping by an item’s unit price is standard advice. Bargain items can actually be more expensive on a per unit basis. For example, a 16-ounce can of beans on sale for a dollar is more expensive per ounce than a 32-ounce can of beans for $1.50. Unit pricing, however, can be tricky when the unit varies, such as bags of cookies that have different amounts. In that case, see how many servings you get
for the price.
4. Look into online shopping and delivery services. Although you will pay a fee, (exclusive of tip), you could actually spend less because you’re not enticed to buy foods that are not on your list.
5. To eliminate waste, put foods with limited shelf lives at the front of your refrigerator where you will see them, and incorporate those ingredients in your recipes first.