Reduce Impulse Buying at the Grocery Store
Impulse buying in the grocery store adds up. It may seem like a great sale price on the crackers you passed while trying to get to the dairy aisle for a gallon of milk, but did you really need four more boxes of crackers?
There are several ways to reduce impulse buying at the grocery store. Making a list and not deviating from it is the simplest. Keep a running list in the kitchen of items you run out of. Then, check the weekly advertisement from your favorite grocery store – are there any items on sale that you normally buy? It isn’t necessary to buy an item just because it’s on sale.
If your weekly grocery budget is $75, take only that amount of cash with you to the grocery store. Carry a calculator and no credit cards. Keep track of the amount of money that goes into the cart so there won’t be any surprises at the cash register.
Long-term prevention of grocery store impulse buying includes properly stocking your pantry. If your family uses ketchup at every meal, it makes sense to stock up when it is on sale. However, this stocking up should be part of your weekly or monthly grocery budget.
Another tip to prevent impulse buying at the grocery store is to limit the trips. People are often overwhelmed by all of the sale items they have to pass by on the way to the eggs or bread. In addition to saving gas money by not driving to the store for forgotten items, you run less chance of buying something you didn’t plan for.