Making smart shopping decisions is easier than you think. It just takes some preparation and a little patience. Follow these tips to get the most bang for your buck:

A little bit of planning

Planning ahead is key to a successful shopping experience. When you’re prepared, it’s easier to find what you need, get the best deals and avoid unnecessary hassle. The following tips can help:

  • Plan your meals in advance so that when it comes time to buy groceries, you’ll know exactly what ingredients are needed for each recipe. This will save time and money by helping you avoid unnecessary purchases (like buying spinach because it looked so good on TV) or impulse buys (like those cookies at checkout).
  • Make a list of everything that needs buying—including nonfood items like laundry detergent and cleaning supplies—and keep track of whatever coupons are available for sale at the store.
  • Do as much of your shopping online as possible by researching prices online first; then go in-store only if necessary (which usually means only purchasing perishables).

Search for coupons

  • You can search for coupons using the barcode scanner on your phone or tablet. The process is similar to searching for a product, though you’ll need to use your camera instead of typing in a web address.
  • Once you find a coupon through this method, open it up and tap the “use” button at the top of your screen. If there are other items available from that company you should get an offer for each one as well!

In addition to scanning products and opening coupons manually, many apps have built-in functionality that lets you save money with deals directly from companies themselves.

This could mean getting cash back when buying something new (like an appliance), or even getting free shipping when buying something online!

Check the expiration date

When you’re shopping, checking the expiration date is a good way to decide whether or not to buy something. The expiration date is just an estimate of when the product will go bad, so it can be off by several weeks or months. If you’re unsure about the accuracy of this date, check the product itself for signs of spoilage: if there’s mold growing on it, don’t buy it! But if everything looks good and fresh—and it smells right—then go ahead and purchase your goods!

Find the cheapest option

Smart shopping is all about finding the best deal. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Compare prices (if you’re looking for a specific item, try searching on Google Shopping or Amazon).
  • Look out for coupons and sales.
  • Check if there are any discounts or rebates available (these could be in-store only).
  • Take advantage of free shipping offers by signing up to receive emails from your favorite retailers (just make sure they don’t send you too many emails!).
  • Try price matching if there’s an item on sale somewhere else, even if it means buying it online.

Don’t fall for expiration dates

One of the most common myths about expiration dates is that they represent a product’s shelf life. As you may have guessed, this isn’t always true.

Expiration dates are not always enforced: when you go to purchase food at a grocery store, some types of items will display an expiration date while others won’t. It all depends on what makes sense for the manufacturer and retailer; they don’t have to follow any government guidelines in this regard.

Some expiration dates aren’t relevant: there may be no clear reason why a particular item has an expiration date at all! For instance, butter can last longer than eggs because it contains less water (one reason why you never want your butter sitting out on the counter). Similarly, bread lasts longer than lettuce because bread is made from flour (which has preservatives) whereas lettuce contains more moisture and thus decomposes faster after being picked from its plant source.

Avoid an impulse buy

One of the biggest challenges for anyone who wants to save money is avoiding unnecessary purchases. While it’s easy to say no to spending $2 on that candy bar, or getting a soda at a restaurant when you really don’t want one, it can be harder to avoid impulse buys when you are shopping online or in stores.

Follow your list

  • Make a list of what you need.
  • Don’t buy things that you don’t need.
  • Don’t buy things that you don’t have room for.
  • Don’t buy things that you don’t have time to use.

Buy in bulk

  • Buy in bulk. If there is a certain item you use regularly, buy it in bulk to save money and avoid wastage. For example, if you eat pasta three times a week, why buy one pack of pasta at a time when you can get more for the same price? This way you can avoid wasting food as well as saving on your grocery budget.
  • Buy from places that offer store cards. If a store has a loyalty card system where customers earn points for purchases made with them and then redeem these points for discounts or free products later on, take advantage of this opportunity by applying online or filling out an application form when visiting the store! It’s worth doing because not only will it help make shopping easier but also save money over time by reducing costs associated with shopping trips (gasoline).

Use your resources wisely

  • Use your resources wisely.
  • Use your time wisely.
  • Use your money wisely (budget).
  • Use your knowledge, skills, and talents to make the most of what you do have available to you (examples: writing skills, cooking skills).

Smart shopping takes some preparation and patience.

Smart shopping takes some preparation and patience. You need to spend a little extra time in order to find coupons and deals. Sometimes, it’s worth the wait, because you can save up to 70% on purchases when you shop smart!

If you’re an experienced shopper, then this may not be news for you—but for those who haven’t tried it yet: we promise that once you start shopping smartly, it will become second nature. And once your friends see how much money they could have saved if only they had shopped smart too…well let’s just say that word gets around fast!


There are many ways to save money on the things you need, whether it’s groceries or a new pair of shoes. You don’t want to compromise quality when it comes down to purchasing something important for your health, but sometimes spending a little extra cash can be worth it in the long run. The most important thing when shopping smart is knowing what works best for you and sticking with those principles as much as possible!