Secrets of Success

Keeping To Your Grocery Budget




Set a strict grocery budget, and take a list to the store. Each time you get your item, cross it off, round up, and put that number next to that item. ($2.88= 3 on your list) . At the end, add it up. If you are over, reevaluate what you have and if anything can be put back. Don't count coupons either, just use them! At the end your total will probably be less than your budget, and you will have what you Need!

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I've done this since my husband and I were eating hot dogs and mac n cheese for dinners. Now, I use the difference and money saved by coupons to put in a savings account for vacations. It becomes a challenge to see what I can save! emoticon

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    I, too, keep a running total of my purchases as I shop to make sure I stay within budget. However, I also keep track of which coupons I am using, so if I do find an item on sale which I need (and/or forgot to add to my grocery list), I can determine if I have enough money (saved from using the coupons) to purchase the item at that time. - by DOCKSIDER
  • I like your ideas and am going to try and put the rounding up into practice this week - by SHAROND52
  • I shop at Wal-mart, and I use all the other store's sales paper ads and plan my week's menu around what's on sale. Wal-mart will match all competitor's prices, so it saves me a ton of money. Plus, i clip coupons and print them online. I save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year by doing these things that only takes a few extra minutes a week. - by ALICIAT32

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