I remember when I was first learning how to stay within a grocery budget. A good friend of mine took me grocery shopping with her. She had a large family and was very good at staying within her budget. What a fun time we had, and I learned a foolproof way to stay within your grocery budget. Pay for your groceries with cash!
If you only have a certain amount of cash with you there is no way your going to get to the checkout and over-spend! There are several ways to keep track of the money you are spending as you shop. Keep a small calculator with you and add up the groceries as you go along.
Perhaps you are very good with numbers and can do this in your head. I can’t keep numbers in my head so I need a piece of paper.
What I do as I go along is round up the price so instead of writing down $1.99 I round it up to $2.00. For some reason this makes it easier for me as I shop.
Now this is not something I really like to do but I guarantee if you try this method you will stay within your budget and think twice about everything you put into your cart!