Good Day Atlanta is bringing you ways to stretch your dollar. And this week we have a whole series on how to save some cash on two of your most important expenses: food and personal care products.
We start with grocery shopping. It's one of our biggest household expenses. It's also an area where you can save a lot of money by following some simple tips.
Aisle after aisle, choices and more choices and prices keep adding up. But some planning could help you save some cash.
"It's not hard at all! And once you start doing it, it becomes a habit," said Mechal Glass of Credability. She had some simple suggestions.
First thing's first: make a list.
"Before you go to the grocery store you say, let me sit down and do a little bit of planning. It takes 10 minutes! Ten minutes could save you hundreds of dollars," said Glass.
Sshe suggests planning out your meals for the week, listing the specific ingredients you need for each meal, take recipes with you to the store and clean out your cupboards.
"Look at the list of what you're running low on. When you go to the grocery store you're not getting things you already have and you have things going bad that you already had."
And only buy what you need, Especially perishable food because wasted food is wasted money and she says the freezer section can be a great place to stretch your dollar.
"It's something that you can split apart while planning your meals for the week. And you have enough to last not just for today but for the week or for two weeks. It's a very cheap price and it won't go bad on you like buying fresh."
And while you're scouring the store shelves for the best prices, Glass says sometimes you have to look high and low, literally.
"All the different varieties of food that you want are very appealing, but most expensive. Come down and you'll see this is where the values are, in the generic brands."
And buying those generic, store brands is a big way to save some cash. You might be surprised by how much you can save and how similar the products really are.
So, now that you're armed with ways to shop smarter, don't derail all your hard work and planning by shopping hungry or distracted. A rumbling stomach or screaming children can be bad news.
And here's something else to keep in mind. Glass says all your hard work, preparation, and bargain hunting could go to waste at the register if you're not paying close attention. Make sure that your items are ringing up at the price you think they should.