Monthly shopping is a necessity in the family that must be met. Starting from the personal needs of each family member to the needs of the family. The wife or housewife is usually responsible for this monthly shopping.

Monthly shopping sometimes makes you stress because it requires a lot of time, effort, and money. Therefore, the author provides five tips that you can do as a parent to make monthly shopping more effective and efficient.

  • Make a Shopping List

Creating a written grocery list or through a gadget or paper will save you time and effort while shopping. You no longer need to think about what to buy because you have made a list before you shop. In addition, making a list will make you aware and sort out what is important for you to buy as needs for you and your family.

Keep in mind the grocery list that you often buy each month and make your shopping list. If you also plan to invite family members to go shopping together, do the same. Get them to list their shopping needs before going to the shopping center.

  • Shop When Your Stomach Is Full

Avoid going shopping on an empty stomach. When you shop when you are hungry, you are more likely to make unplanned purchases. That is what makes you spend more time shopping. The money you prepare will also exceed the budget when you go shopping when hungry. Your thinking about hunger makes you want to buy many things, including food.

  • Carrying Money on Budget

The thing that often happens for parents who want to save money is they bring a lot of money to the store. Unconsciously, the money you prepare makes you not think too much about taking groceries if you carry a lot.

To save your shopping budget, make sure you have calculated the price of your grocery list and are following your total grocery list budget. Prepare the appropriate money, you can prepare more, but not too much. For example, if the total shopping is 500 thousand rupiahs, you can bring 100-200 thousand rupiah more just in case.

If you shop using a card, make sure you calculate your shopping budget, so you do not overdo your shopping list budget. Carrying a lot of money tends to tempt you to buy items that are not on the shopping list.

  • Go to a familiar shop/ market

To save time and effort, choose a shop that you frequently visit. It will be easier for you to shop because you already know where the needs you need to buy are. Shop at familiar stores when you feel tired or in a hurry. Another option is to go to the nearest shop (around the house) so that you spend less time shopping.

  • Find Shopping Places with Cheaper Price

If you want to go to a cheaper place, you can find information in your area about the shop that sells cheaper than other stores. Each store has a different price offered to attract potential buyers. You can also go to the traditional market if you can buy most of your needs there. The traditional market sells things cheaper than other shopping places.

May 10, 2021

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