Groceries are undoubtedly one of the most significant recurring household costs for families. Shoppers are always on the lookout for bargain deals. Along with coupons, these are the most widely used methods to help save a few extra dirhams on the grocery bill, but here are a few more ideas that you may not have thought of when grocery shopping in the UAE.
Don’t Buy Pre-Packaged Goods
Even though those ready chopped peppers and broccoli make life easier for you, buy the regular pepper and full head of broccoli. Pre-packaged products are priced much higher because of the convenience factor. It is much cheaper to cut up or peel the item rather than buy it pre-packaged.
Proper Food Storage
Storing food properly will minimize the amount of food that goes bad and thus reduce the amount of groceries that need to be purchased. Storing food in airtight, durable containers will help increase the shelf life of most products. If you are unsure of the best way products should be stored, visit this website for more information: http://www.FoodSafety.gov.
As with most things in life, if you want to save on your grocery bill, you need to have some type of strategy when you go to the store. First rule of thumb, never go shopping while you are hungry. This will make everything look so tasty and your ability to resist impulse buys will be much lower than if you had a full stomach. Try to shop in bulk as much as possible because bulk items usually come with the biggest discounts.
Generic products are often comparable in quality to their more recognized counterparts. This is especially true for cleaning products. For example, buying Union Co-op dishwashing solution is a much cheaper alternative and you most likely will not realize any difference compared to products that are more expensive.
Check the Bottom Shelf
Food distributors and manufacturers have to pay for shelf space in stores; in many cases the extra cost for good product placement is passed on to the end user. Try looking in the lower shelves for cheaper alternatives.