How Smart Shopping Leads To Better Health, Even On Budget

Smart shopping starts with a grocery list. By shopping with a grocery list, you not only realize cost benefits, but you save time, make healthier food choices and become more conscious about the things that are important in your life. We’ve all experienced going into the grocery store to pick up that one thing, then leaving the store with a trunk load of items, many of which we could have done without. Well this can easily be avoided by shopping with a list.

First, when you make your grocery list you should do so after having taken inventory of what is needed around your home. Other things to take into consideration are your budget, what you deem to be a priority and future planning. With all these things in mind you can set out to create your grocery list. Now that you have your list you can decide where to do your shopping. This should primarily be based on competitive pricing, which is why another good practice is to scan the local newspapers and sign up for newsletters and alerts with the local grocers or food manufacturers for coupons and sales.

Next, after you’ve made your list, gathered your coupons, and decided where to shop its time to do the actual shopping. When it comes to grocery shopping smart planning is key. However, it can at times be challenging because not only are you attempting to realize cost savings, but you also want to make healthy food choices and herein lies the challenge. This is where smart planning, difficult decision-making, budget and grocery lists all come into play simultaneously.

For instance, say you’re looking to purchase ketchup. You see that the store brand ketchup is on sale for an unbeatable price at your local grocer. However, you also know that it’s over-ridden with high fructose corn syrup and other nutrient dense ingredients that you prefer to do without. Meanwhile, the organic ketchup is also on sale at the health food store, but cost a dollar more. What do you do? You’re on a tight budget, but at the same time you’re determined to change your eating habits for the better and ketchup is on your grocery list. Well, it comes down to what’s more important, money or your health. In the end, you realize that you can’t buy good health and without it you cease to be so you purchase the organic ketchup and feel good about your decision. After all, you didn’t stray from your list and you still realized a cost savings, which was actually two-fold. You saved money on the retail price and a future trip to the doctor or on prescription drugs needed to treat a health problem which was the result of a poor diet.

Smart shopping is not just about grocery list and coupons, but it’s about making healthy choices and careful meal planning that in the end save you more than just money. Smart shopping is essentially about making you a priority.

How to Smart Shop For Christmas

We all like to have a plan for the holiday season. We know by when we need to cook, decorate, clean, and get gifts. But too often things don’t go as planned. As always happens in life, the unexpected can come up. Maybe you get swamped at work and have to stay late. Or maybe you get unexpectedly volunteered to make costumes or refreshments for your child’s holiday play. Or maybe some relatives decide that they are going to come stay with you at the last minute, and you have to unexpectedly play host. There’s a lot that could happen, and suddenly you find yourself scrambling last minute to get gifts for family and friends.

If this sounds like your life, consider an easier way to complete your holiday shopping: shop online. For the purpose of this article, let’s pretend you’re shopping for a stuffed animal. This is an easy example because stuffed animals are one size fits all, and can be an easy gift for anyone, unlike say, clothing, where you need to know someone’s size and taste to get them something appropriate. Plush toys are also appropriate for any age, and make a great holiday gift. So, here’s how to make online shopping your great time saver this holiday season.

Open All the Time

Unlike department stores, websites don’t close for business just because it’s after 9 at night. You can shop at any time that’s convenient for you. Maybe you wake up at 3 a.m. with insomnia, there’s no reason you can’t do your holiday shopping right then! The internet never closes, and so you don’t have to adhere to the store’s schedules, just shop whenever it works for you.

Saving Time

Shopping online is a really great way to save time. Say you need to buy some quick presents on your lunch break from work. You could drive to the store and fight with all the other shoppers during the lunch time rush to find a parking space. Then you could wait in line behind these same shoppers to make your purchase. Shopping online is much easier. Spend the time you could have spent traveling, parking, and waiting looking through the stores products. By the end of the lunch hour the stuffed lion and plush cat you picked out could already be on their way to your home, without any fuss from you.

Increased Choices

Online stores always seem to have more variety then anything in stores. Perhaps this is because there’s more space in their warehouses then in the stores, and things are less likely to be picked through and sold out. So if you’re looking for a stuffed lion, you can find many more varieties than in a store, and maybe find one that’s very unique.

Better Organization and More Categories

This is another way a shopping online can save you time. Good online websites put their products in easy to understand categories, which makes it easier to shop then running all over a big store looking for something. For example, if you looking for a plush cat, maybe there’s a category such as “Pet Stuffed Animals,” or if you’re looking for a stuffed lion there could be a category called “Jungle Stuffed Animals.” This way you don’t have to search through the entire toy department like you would in a physical store.

Save Gas

Not having to leave the comfort of your own home or work can not only save you time, but money, by not having to waste gas on another trip to the store. Even when you have to pay for shipping, you can sometimes save money, depending on how far away the store is. In fact, there are many online stores that have deals for free shipping, so then you definitely save some of your hard earned cash, and avoid polluting the environment. Here’s a tip for shipping: have it delivered to your work place. This way you don’t have to be at home when your stuffed lion or plush cat is delivered, and you don’t have to interrupt your day at all or have to make another gas wasting trip to the post office.

So as you can see, there are five great reasons why online shopping is better than regular shopping. It’s a great way to save time and money. Find an online store that fits your gifting needs, and before you know it, holiday shopping will be a snap.

Save Time With Smart Shopping

“The average person uses time to buy money. The rich uses money to buy time.”

Save Time With Smart Shopping

Don’t you agree that time is money? Most people would spend their lives earning money, in essence exchanging their time for money. But, how can you save some time, with smart shopping?

In these times, work schedules, family and social commitments, and ordinary errands seem to occupy every minute of our week. Fortunately, we live in a time where there are numerous shopping options that let us purchase exactly what we need in a very time-efficient manner.

Mail Order

One of the best ways to purchase what you need is by mail order. Nearly every store has a companion catalog that sells most of the goods available in the store. Clothes, household furnishings, specialty foods and drinks, and gardening supplies are just a few of the things that you can order over the phone and have them shipped directly to the door, eliminating several weekend errands.

While mail order has been around for a long time, the Internet phenomenon has exploded during the last five years or so. There’s very little that you can’t order on the Internet. Books, CDs, clothes, household and kitchen furnishings, and pet food are just a few of the items that can be purchased online.

Both shopping venues can save you money because you may not have to pay sales taxes, depending on what state you live in. If you purchase a minimum amount of goods, you may receive free shipping.

Speciality Shops

If you have a gift to buy, especially for someone who lives out of town, the Internet or a catalog is a particularly good shopping tactic. You can look at numerous specialty shops in a matter of minutes, which will save you a lot of time compared with driving from store to store. You can have the present wrapped and shipped, further making it a time-efficient way of shopping.

If you aren’t technologically oriented or just need to shop for ordinary items, find out if our local retail store will let you order items over the phone and have your purchase delivered. Often, drugstores provide this service, because they have older customers who may not be well enough to come into the store for their purchases. Grocery stores and specialty stores such as pets stores are some other places that may offer delivery.

Conclusion

With the time you have saved from shopping, you can now used this ‘new found’ time to do other things which you love, but never had the ‘time’ to do so. So, go on as you can now meet up with your long lost friend, play with you dog, or play the Playstation with your family!

Smart Shopping Tips

There are many different smart shopping tips. Here are some basic things you need to do in order to spend your money wisely, and not go splurging on items that are not healthy for you.

The first big thing you should never do is shop when you are hungry. People who are hungry shoppers tend to spend more money on junk food, rather than making healthy food choices. Hunger also makes you want to shop faster, in order to get our of there and get something to eat, and those that shop fast have a tendency to pick up the first thing they see, regardless of price.

If you really want to save a lot of money shopping for groceries, buy a vacuum sealing system, especially if you have a family. Buying meat in bulk is not only cheaper, but in can be better for you. For an example, let’s say that you are shopping for pork chops. Even family packs can have a lot of fat on the individual pieces, butchers are more likely to take poorer cuts of meat and cut them up. If you find chops that are thick or don’t have a lot of fat, they tend to be much more expensive, and are not available in family sizes.

If you have a vacuum sealer, you can buy full pork loins, which tend to be much leaner, and less expensive, and have the butcher cut these up into chops for you. You can ask them to cut them into just about any thickness you desire, and most quality food stores will do this for free. Let’s say you buy a pork loin that is sixteen inches long and costs $22. Having it cut into ½” pork chops, you are going to get about thirty pork chops out of that. If you purchase these same chops already cut up, it would cost you twice, if not three times as much.