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What helps you stick to a budget and resist the supermarket temptations?

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once you realize they are exactly that, temptations, you can learn to dismiss them. 

Plus only carrying and paying with cash when you go to the supermarket will keep you on the budget and make you only get the things you need. Make a deal with yourself, go in with a set amount, if you have any left over, it goes into a savings jar. After a set amount of time, take that money and buy yourself something fun.

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14 minutes ago, wazoo11 said:

What helps you stick to a budget and resist the supermarket temptations?

Delivery service

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I think to go in the market with a crystal clear list of what you are there to get.  Just quickly go and gather those items directly so you don't get trapped into wandering around and getting tempted by stuff you don't really need but are attracted to buying.   

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1 hour ago, NutterButter said:

Never ever go to a supermarket hungry

Yeah, I'm not sure I'm taking advice on how to avoid impulsive supermarket buys from a guy named NutterButter. 

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I have no interest in candy or tabloids.

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7 hours ago, wazoo11 said:

What helps you stick to a budget and resist the supermarket temptations?

Only shop when you are in a hurry, use one of the shopping list apps and put the items in the order of the aisles at the store you shop at most frequently. Just focus on getting in and out of there as quickly as possible. Shopping is such a time suck.

I would agree with the delivery option suggested, but I find that if you want fresh produce in your home you end up shopping in the store multiple times anyway.

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5 hours ago, jvdesigns2002 said:

I think to go in the market with a crystal clear list of what you are there to get.  Just quickly go and gather those items directly so you don't get trapped into wandering around and getting tempted by stuff you don't really need but are attracted to buying.   

Another one is shopping by yourself is so much faster. The more time your partner/kids are dawdling you just end up bored and browsing.

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6 hours ago, BoltBacker said:

I would agree with the delivery option suggested, but I find that if you want fresh produce in your home you end up shopping in the store multiple times anyway.

I use delivery, and I haven't had any problems with the freshness of produce or the date of perishables.  It is worth trying.

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13 hours ago, Beef Ravioli said:

Delivery service

Once we started using Instacart our grocery bills went down 30-40% 

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Do a weekly meal plan calendar 

make a list of what you need and try to stick to only that 

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1 hour ago, Capella said:

Once we started using Instacart our grocery bills went down 30-40% 

whats the service/delivery cost on that?

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7 minutes ago, glvsav37 said:

whats the service/delivery cost on that?

ours is $10

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Going food shopping at costco is one (or is it two since I go twice a week on average) of the highlights of my week.   Unless they're paying me, I'll pass on the delivery.  

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44 minutes ago, glvsav37 said:

whats the service/delivery cost on that?

You can get a yearly subscription for $79 or $99 that covers unlimited deliveries.  I can't remember which.

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oh we dont get delivery.... we just have an instore shopper

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1 minute ago, NutterButter said:

Going food shopping at costco is one (or is it two since I go twice a week on average) of the highlights of my week.   Unless they're paying me, I'll pass on the delivery.  

It's the opposite for me.  I live less than 5 minutes from a Costco, but with parking and the length of the lines, I can order off instacart and have it delivered to my house in less time than shopping myself.  They usually take about 45 minutes to get to my door from the time I order.

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Just now, -fish- said:

It's the opposite for me.  I live less than 5 minutes from a Costco, but with parking and the length of the lines, I can order off instacart and have it delivered to my house in less time than shopping myself.  They usually take about 45 minutes to get to my door from the time I order.

I typically only go at 8 mon-fri.  Its so peaceful at that time.   You almost have the whole store to yourself.   

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57 minutes ago, glvsav37 said:

whats the service/delivery cost on that?

100 a year 

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4 minutes ago, -fish- said:

You can get a yearly subscription for $79 or $99 that covers unlimited deliveries.  I can't remember which.

99 is unlimited. 

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29 minutes ago, Capella said:

99 is unlimited. 

Yeah, I think that's the standard price.  I'm pretty sure I got a promo code that took it down to $79.

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I like picking out my own produce. 

But I'm single and I also like to see if there are any hot women touching vegetables.

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16 hours ago, Beef Ravioli said:

Delivery service

This.  If you must go to the market, stick to the outside aisles.  It has everything you need there.  The inside aisles is where all the junk and temptation resides.  

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Question for you guys that shop at a grocery market, how much do you spend? 

Is 79-80$ every two weeks normal for a single guy?

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Just make a list and stick to it.  Also, writing down meal plans for the week helps too.  

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1 minute ago, wazoo11 said:

Question for you guys that shop at a grocery market, how much do you spend? 

Is 79-80$ every two weeks normal for a single guy?

I think $80 every two weeks is perfectly fine but no one budget will be perfect for everyone.  You could be happy with canned tuna for dinner but someone else wants ribeye steak.

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15 minutes ago, wazoo11 said:

Question for you guys that shop at a grocery market, how much do you spend? 

Is 79-80$ every two weeks normal for a single guy?

That seems really cheap.  You must be buying a lot of crap.  If you're on a budget, I get it.  If you can afford better quality, stick to fresh, perishable goods.  More expensive but your body will thank you.   

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18 hours ago, wazoo11 said:

What helps you stick to a budget and resist the supermarket temptations?

being broke  :hifive:

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1 hour ago, wazoo11 said:

Question for you guys that shop at a grocery market, how much do you spend? 

Is 79-80$ every two weeks normal for a single guy?

I spend like $300 a week for a family of 5

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1 hour ago, wazoo11 said:

Question for you guys that shop at a grocery market, how much do you spend? 

Is 79-80$ every two weeks normal for a single guy?

That sounds pretty low to me.    Do you just eat the food from the market?  That would be nuts if you only ate $40 worth of food each week.   

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19 hours ago, Beef Ravioli said:

Delivery service

While I may question spending that extra money on the service, the paid shoppers don't usually throw extra junk in the cart. So delivery might actually save you money in the long run.

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2 hours ago, eurotrashman said:

I like picking out my own produce. 

But I'm single and I also like to see if there are any hot women touching vegetables.

I've found the cucumber section to be particularly interesting.

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18 hours ago, NutterButter said:

Never ever go to a supermarket hungry

:goodposting: First thing my parents taught me when they shipped me off to college.

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55 minutes ago, mr. furley said:

being broke  :hifive:

That's what the bulk aisles are for.  Stock up on organic almonds, cashews and walnuts for the 1.49/lb jelly bean price and proceed to self checkout ;)

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2 hours ago, Major said:

That seems really cheap.  You must be buying a lot of crap.  If you're on a budget, I get it.  If you can afford better quality, stick to fresh, perishable goods.  More expensive but your body will thank you.   

I mean I have a crock pot and cook chicken, rice and beans. I try to get fruits and veggies from Aldi's.

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31 minutes ago, Major said:

That's what the bulk aisles are for.  Stock up on organic almonds, cashews and walnuts for the 1.49/lb jelly bean price and proceed to self checkout ;)

r/unethicallifeprotips

(that i'll actually use :bag: )

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2 hours ago, mr. furley said:

r/unethicallifeprotips

(that i'll actually use :bag: )

on that same note, it's also amazing how avocados can magically become bananas. 

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4 hours ago, Major said:

That's what the bulk aisles are for.  Stock up on organic almonds, cashews and walnuts for the 1.49/lb jelly bean price and proceed to self checkout ;)

:reported:

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7 hours ago, wazoo11 said:

Question for you guys that shop at a grocery market, how much do you spend? 

Is 79-80$ every two weeks normal for a single guy?

That's extremely low for 2 weeks of food.  you're the opposite of impulse spending.  Are you eating ramen noodles every day?

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On 11/19/2019 at 11:45 PM, jvdesigns2002 said:

I think to go in the market with a crystal clear list of what you are there to get.  Just quickly go and gather those items directly so you don't get trapped into wandering around and getting tempted by stuff you don't really need but are attracted to buying.

The 3-4 times a year I go to the grocery store this is my exact plan, and it works well, and cheaply. My wife hates this plan, except the few times she actually gprcery shops with me. She runs the cart and gets stuff and I go get things on the list.  We get out of the store in 25 minutes, and she thinks it's wonderful. Then she goes back to hating my plan. .

 

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8 hours ago, wazoo11 said:

Question for you guys that shop at a grocery market, how much do you spend? 

Is 79-80$ every two weeks normal for a single guy?

This seems like a narrow range.

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I read the Sunday newspaper inserts every week, and I write down a list of sale items that I want to get from each store. Then I'll hit 3-4 stores in the next couple of days (some days I'll do all my shopping at once, other times I'll just hit one store on the way home from work a couple nights a week).

I hate overpaying for stuff. I hate knowing that I paid more than I could have paid at a different store down the road. I'm not cheap, but I have a great appreciation for value.

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7 hours ago, Joe Summer said:

I read the Sunday newspaper inserts every week, and I write down a list of sale items that I want to get from each store. Then I'll hit 3-4 stores in the next couple of days (some days I'll do all my shopping at once, other times I'll just hit one store on the way home from work a couple nights a week).

I hate overpaying for stuff. I hate knowing that I paid more than I could have paid at a different store down the road. I'm not cheap, but I have a great appreciation for value.

I hear what you are saying, but there is also a value in my time and IDK if I could handle going to 4 different stores just to save a few cents per item. 

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We've started doing the "click list" thing from Kroger.  Get on the app, pick out your groceries and tell them what you want.  Call them when you get in the parking lot and they bring it withing a minute or 2.  You do have to pick an hour window of when you'll be there.  I usually grab them on the way home from work.  

They add an extra $5 on there for the service but it saves time and money.  With 3 kids under 9 its must.  

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glvsav37 said:


I hear what you are saying, but there is also a value in my time and IDK if I could handle going to 4 different stores just to save a few cents per item.


I also value my time. But what I realized is that the positive feelings I used to get from saving an hour per week were significantly smaller than the negative feelings I would get from wasting money. It's similar to my reasoning for disliking casino gambling: I don't enjoy the winning as much as I hate the losing.
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On 11/21/2019 at 2:59 PM, glvsav37 said:

I hear what you are saying, but there is also a value in my time and IDK if I could handle going to 4 different stores just to save a few cents per item. 

I feel the same way as you, but I think for some people it's almost like a hobby in saving money even if those savings are only a small amount per week. All of us probably have that relative in the family that would rather clip coupons then play Soduku or Candy Crush etc. If they genuinely get enjoyment out of it I say good for them. There are tons of factors that determine how efficient/inefficient this is with your time but it pales in comparison to someone that golfs and plenty of folks do that.

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44 minutes ago, BoltBacker said:

I feel the same way as you, but I think for some people it's almost like a hobby in saving money even if those savings are only a small amount per week. All of us probably have that relative in the family that would rather clip coupons then play Soduku or Candy Crush etc. If they genuinely get enjoyment out of it I say good for them. There are tons of factors that determine how efficient/inefficient this is with your time but it pales in comparison to someone that golfs and plenty of folks do that.

Yep.  I don't mind paying $300 for a pair of jeans but if another grocer has a pint of blueberries for .99, you best believe I'm making an additional stop and stocking up there.  

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