If you’re like most Canadians, your wallet is starting to take a beating at the grocery store. Though we spend a lot less money on food than in other parts of the world, production costs are being affected by severe weather, rising fuel costs and global demand. Mary Carver, an Ottawa-based professional home economist, has some tips for saving money at the check-out:
Pay for food with cash.
Buying with plastic may make you spend more.
Buy in bulk.
Many cereals, rice and rolled oats are cheaper out of the
box or in larger sizes.
Shop with a calculator.
Check unit prices on shelf labels to make
a true comparison.
Look beyond eye level.
Better buys are often found on higher or lower shelves.
Ask for and use rain cheques.
If the store runs out of advertised specials, it’s worth seeing if they’ll honour the lower price later.
Resist the urge.
Cash register temptations are designed to get you!
Be vigilant at check-out.
Make sure items aren’t scanned twice and specials are processed properly.
Ask your grocer if he’ll match a competitor’s price to avoid driving somewhere else.