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Grocery Shopping Hints

(Information obtained from Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA), Handbook for Skill Development, Massachusetts Department of Social Services – click here to visit website)

Young woman holding a bag of groceries
  • Plan your menu for the week, and check your refrigerator and cupboards for the food items you'll need for the meals
  • Check the newspapers/store flyers for sales
  • Always make a shopping list and buy only what is on your list
  • Shopping at a large grocery store will be less expensive than at a convenience store, small neighborhood store, or specialty store.
  • Look for coupons in magazines and newspapers. Use them only to buy items you normally buy. If you use a coupon to buy something you don't really need, you are not saving any money.
  • Don't feel you have to buy only the items you see advertised on television and in magazines. These are brand name items and usually more expensive. Cheaper brands may be just as good and save you money.
  • Check the items marked "For Quick Sale." Bread and pastry that are still properly packaged and just one or two days old may be a good buy. Canned foods that are dented are generally not. Remember to consider the quality of the food along with the price.
  • It's best not to go grocery shopping when you are hungry. Chances are you will buy a lot more than what is on your list.
  • Check items to see if they are dated. Some foods, like milk, meat, bread, and cheese, have expiration dates so you'll know when they're fresh.
  • Most items will have a "unit price" listed for each brand of that item. Compare these unit prices to see which brand and which size is the better buy for you.