I can remember when milk was only a dollar.
Now it's three to five dollars per gallon.
I also remember when gas hit four dollars a gallon, then it dropped back down to two dollars for a while.
Now it's back to three dollars again.
It just seems like everything is going up these days.
I want to offer you some money saving tips when you go to the grocery store.
But before I do that, I want to tell you about a friend of mine named Nickie.
She normally spends $20 to $40 at the grocery store per week for a family of four.
Believe it or not she even gets money back sometimes.
Watch out for another article I will be writing about her strategy at the grocery store.
I still don't know how she does it, but soon I will be sitting down to talk to her about it.
Here's some money saving tips.
When you're hungry, don't go to the grocery store.
You will probably buy much more than you need and you may decide to buy some junk food to satisfy your hunger right now.
How do I know this, because I used to do it all the time.
Make a list and stick to it.
A great way to blow your budget is to buy food on the fly.
You know, it looks good so I'll get it.
Then you end up with very little of what you actually needed in the first place.
Now you have to go back again thus raising your grocery bill.
Buy more food for less money in the long term.
Next time you go to the grocery store, consider going to a food warehouse like Wal-Mart or Sam's or Costco.
You can buy the items in bulk that you eat on a regular basis.
Over the long haul this will save you money.
Make sure you take your coupons.
Coupons, Coupons, Coupons.
In the old days, it was necessary to spend hours clipping coupons.
Now you can go to your computer and find coupons online.
Just type in coupons in the Google search box.
You will be amazed at all the coupon sites.
Go to eBay and type in coupons, there are some great deals for pennies on the dollar.
Also, you can go to manufacturers websites and grab some coupons.
Stop buying soft drinks, regular or diet.
Most are loaded with caffeine and sugar.
Some have fake or substitute sugar that may cause health problems.
I know it is hard, but you can do it.
I now drink fresh clean water and save $20 to $30 per month.
That's just for one person.
Shop where you are familiar with the store.
If you shop at a different store all the time, it will take you forever, and cause much frustration.
You won't know where anything is located.
Shop at one convenient store where you can get in and get out quickly.
Remember, the longer you stay, the more items you will be tempted to buy.
Don't go there.
I hope these tips will be useful to you.
Implement these ideas and watch your grocery bill plummet.
Remember, being a smart shopper with a plan equals saving money.