Thrifty Tip #50: With the news reporting that food prices could spike more than 20% in next year, you'll want to check out these ways to save on your grocery budget:
*Use coupons. Coupons are like free money! Don't be afraid to check out mobile coupons that load right up on your phone. The average person that uses coupons saves around $500 a year!
*Buy generic store brands. 70% of people who try the store brand become loyalists to the store brand. We love Target's Market Pantry at our house!
*Loyalty Cards have store savings automatically loaded on them--many times personalized savings are added as well or mailed to you. Unfortunately, I do not know of any stores in the Des Moines area that offer loyalty cards. Do you?
*Shop your pantry first. Don't go to the store without making a list first. Check what you have at home and use it. Only buy what you need.
*Beware of impulse shopping. Americans buy 2/3 of all purchases based on impulse. (Isn't that crazy!)
*Avoid samples. (Can't believe I'm using this one!) Research shows trying samples gets your mouth salivating and increases your desire to purchase more things in general at the grocery store.
*These tips are courtesy of the Today Show. Thanks Ann Curry and Jean Chatzky!