8 Tips To Save Money On Groceries

Shopping and Sale. I used to associate these words with my clothes, shoes, and bag before but now they’re equivalent to that of Groceries – this is now my retail therapy. Do not feel sad for me because really enjoy it as it serves as my mini ME time aside from the usual series watching, social media surfing and eating I do whenever Seb’s down for the night.

And so being at it for a few years now, I think I can claim a little expertise on the subject and since Inflation reach its peak now and can really be felt.

Take this for example: I was ordering a cheeseburger meal in McDonalds the other day and to my suprise, it now costs Php 115.00 when before its only Php 85.00. This seems to be a negative impact of the TRAIN law but let’s not get to that.

As I was saying, now that all products and services have become pricey I want to share my little ways of saving in one of the biggest factors where the household budget is allocated. GROCERIES.

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1. SHOP ALONE.

If you want to stay on budget then this is a must to avoid extra items riding on your grocery budget. Also, you can focus and read items more carefully, even to the point of comparing two items side by side leisurely.

 

2. DO NOT SHOP WHEN HUNGRY.

The term “Takaw Tingin” has its basis. You feel the need to have it all because when you’re hungry everything seems so tasty right? Grab a bite first before going in. You’ll see its effect in your receipt afterwards.

 

3. SET A BUDGET AND BRING A CALCULATOR.

If you are the type who shops every payday then most likely you already have a grasp amount of your groceries for the necessities only and know how much it spikes up when you added the luxuries. Bringing a calculator and adding in price of every item may be a tedious task but it serves as your guideline to be aware of your budget limit.

 

4. VEER AWAY FROM BRANDED ITEMS.

I’m sure you have your tried and tested products already and they sure come with the common brands we see on TV commercials. But do you really need a branded one for your iodized salt? baking soda? eggs? And other what nots. There are branded items worth purchasing and there are some that generics will do. It costs less but serves the same purpose. Once its out of that packaging you see no difference.

 

5. BUY IN BULK AND BIG QUANTITIES.

I do this for detergents, shampoo, soaps and other long expiry products because I find sachets too non-earth friendly to the point of just being inconsiderate. I also like those products with the +20% more claims. Wether its true or not, I fall for it hahaha.

 

6. LOOK FOR DISCOUNTED DEALS.

There are usual deals in soy sauce and vinegar combo, toothbrush and toothpaste, napkins and panty liners, diapers and wipes. Either they are priced less or you get a freebie item, which usually are trial packs.

 

7. BEFORE CHECKING OUT, RE-SCAN YOUR ITEMS.

This does not take too much time, just stop in one corner and look into your basket to check your items and see if you missed anything or some pricey item/luxury had been in (that’s not supposed to be there).

 

8. USE REWARD CARDS TO EARN POINTS.

We know how this works and if you are consistent enough, points accumulation is a breeze as one grocery trip costs more than a thousand now. And if you reach enough points, it can be use to purchase.

 

There goes my list and I hope this has given you some tips to apply on your next grocery shopping. Remember, sticking on a budget is good but not to the point of sacrificing quality. Smart shopping is key. Knowing your brands and when to settle should be balanced.

 

Till my next post,

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My Third Trimester (the last hurrah!)

The third trimester feels… I’m now on my 8th month and I am getting really big. I listed my experiences and thoughts on everything that’s going on. Some are good and some a little inconvenient. Just seems to prove that everything has its up and down huh?

So here’s my list:

  1. The simple things like – Getting up in bed which is a real struggle and don’t even mention picking things up! And how about trying to tie your running shoes, and how much I miss having pedicures. Also, how about wearing your underwear and fitting in those leggings? And yes, I swaddle now 😦

  2. Hunger plus gestational diabetes and blood sugar monitoring and the lab tests – is another story.

  3. Baby kicks are always welcome. They are entertaining as well as a security that everything is all right with our baby. I can even see him move around my belly, those bulges are weird but I am exhilarated whenever they come 🙂

  4. Sleeping is fine but not ideal. Remember those “sleep on your left side” theory? Well they seem to work until I have a strong spasm on my left side going up and down. Making me lose more sleep than I already have but upon research and the old folks said its simply “lamig” as what we filipinos are very familiar with. And so with a little massage and acete manzanilla… Voila! It gets better. Ooh and a little warm compress helps too.

  5. And the Braxton Hicks contractions, they seem harmless now with the belly just tightening and bulging up. No pain yet but I am expecting to have it anytime soon.

  6. Hot or cold. My body temp is out of whack! Sometimes I feel so hot but when the fan is on I feel so cold and vice versa. I’m telling you I’m sweating out cold which I think is the culprit for my “lamig” spasms.

  7. Peeing all the time. Enough said.

  8. Nesting. I’m getting things prepared one task at a time. This week I plan to wash the baby’s clothes and pack our hospital bags.

  9. Read all things pregnancy related. But now my attention is mostly on the “Labor and Childbirth” part because with just a month before D-Day that’s all you’ll think about.

  10. The thing I most feel hard to deal with: Exercise or “pagpapatagtag” so as to ease the descent of the baby into position. A minimum of 30 minutes a day. It is tiring! Imagine my body’s weight now huhuhu…

With just a little 7 weeks to go, things are getting hard and heavier now but I know that It all will be worth it because in just a few days I’ll be having my baby and I know he’ll be very special and loved. ❤️❤️❤️

By the way a tip for my fellow preggies:

  •  I read somewhere that eating DATES six times a day four weeks prior to your due date somehow ease the labor process.
  • Do Kegel exercises atleast 10 minutes a day to avoid urinary incontinence and to strengthen your pelvic muscles that will help you in pushing the baby out of the birth canal.
  • Use a birth ball / gym ball. Sit on it and do forward and sideway hip exercises as this will help to engage the baby in the right position for a normal delivery.

I am definitely trying this and will report of its effectiveness after birth. 🙂

 
33 weeks  and counting… Please pray for us to have a safe delivery and a healthy child.

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Install Feedjit in WordPress

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I am looking for an App that would show my visitor’s list in my blog, as after looking around the net I find this perfect, well-detailed Live Traffic Feed App…

FEEDJIT.COM

But stop right there! As day after days of trying to put this app in my blog, It’s not working much to my frustration… The instructions are easy… as they say – EASY AS PIE! but it isn’t… 😦

and so I’ve search and search again…. and tada! found the simple solution, link to it all 🙂 CLICK THIS LINK 

Enjoy! Let me know once you’ve installed your Live Traffic Feed.

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