Saturday, September 21, 2013

PLANNING IS A MUST FOR FRUGALITY, part 1

If you are an organized person who plans ahead, then you are going to be (or already are) great at saving money.

If you want to save money but are not used to planning ahead or being organized, it's time to change your lifestyle! 


PART 1 - GROCERY SHOPPING

Saving money means spending time planning.  Set aside a few hours every week to write up a budget, a menu, a grocery list, to clip coupons, check store ads & couponing sites for deals and organize your schedule to shop.  It's almost impossible to save money without getting organized.  If you're winging it with the menu for the week, ordering out, or running to the store at the last minute when you're tired & hungry and just grabbing whatever you like off the shelves, you are literally throwing money away.

THE AVERAGE GROCERY SHOPPER:
  • Has No Weekly Menu
  • Can't Remember what's in their pantry or fridge
  • Doesn't Clip Coupons 
  • Doesn't Check Ads for deals
  • Buys WHAT and WHEN they want 
  • Shops at a convenient location
  • Buys regardless of price
  • Has No Dollar Amount Limit 
  • Doesn't stick to the grocery list 
  • Is prone to impulse buying
  • Is Brand Loyal
  • May shop when hungry
  • Pays full price for convenience, time or brand loyalty

THE ORGANIZED, FRUGAL GROCERY SHOPPER:
  • Plans a weekly menu 
  • Clips coupons
  • Checks store ads & couponing sites for deals
  • Makes a grocery list
  • Has a dollar amount limit
  • Sticks to the grocery list
  • Doesn't impulse buy
  • Doesn't shop at convenience stores 
  • In general, is not brand loyal
  • Shops 2 or more stores
  • Doesn't shop when hungry
  • Never pays top dollar 
  • Is willing to sacrifice convenience, brand loyalty and time in order to gain good quality at a great price


TIPS TO GET ORGANIZED & PLAN AHEAD:

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1 comment:

  1. Great tips on planning and thanks for all of the links. This is all really helpful!

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