Realistic Money Saving Tips: Eat Before You Shop

There are some crazy money-saving schemes out there. I’m not going to suggest that you steal ketchup packets from McDonald’s instead of buying a bottle or that you sneak toilet paper from the bathroom at work. These are some of the things we actually do (or are trying to do) to cut back, and hopefully they will be practical and helpful for you too.

If you’re just tuning in, check out the previous post in this series: Don’t Coupon

#2 Eat before you go grocery shopping

According to Dr. Lisa Young, studies have shown that people buy higher calorie foods when they’re hungry:

Subjects went food shopping when they were more likely to be hungry (during the higher hunger hours between 4 and 7 p.m.) and when they were less likely to be hungry, (during the lower-hungry, after lunch hours, between 1 and 4 p.m.). Those who went food shopping during the higher hunger hours purchased fewer low-calorie foods relative to high-calorie foods compared with those who shopped in the earlier period.

This means that you may make impulse purchases that you wouldn’t normally choose. Extra chips and pizza pockets are not only hard on your health – they’re hard on your wallet!

Young suggests a few healthy snacks you can eat before you go shopping (here). I tend to go shopping right after breakfast or lunch on my days off. That way I’m not hungry and the grocery store won’t be a zoo like it is around dinner time.

What grocery shopping habits help you save money?

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4 thoughts on “Realistic Money Saving Tips: Eat Before You Shop

  1. One of the things I do is eat the food I already have before buying more (with some exceptions of course). This helps keep things from expiring or going bad, plus it’s less trips to the store! 🙂

    • That’s a good point! It’s good to get creative with the ingredients you have left before buying more. We’ve ended up with some pretty interesting meals from trying to use things up – like cheeseburger meat loaf and tortellini casserole.

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