1. Seasonal offers, weekend special discounts and grocery food coupons are the all-time favorite money-savers while shopping at the supermarket. Plus, if you shop at the same place for a while, you might be able to get lower prices or 'best buy' discounts on certain items.
2. A common trick at larger supermarkets is for managers to place high-priced, attractive looking items on shelves right at the eye level. Look a little below down the shelf and you you'll find low-priced items that are just as good.
3. Prepare a shopping list before you reach the supermarket. If you use coupons, have them sorted by the aisles the products are on. Try not to take the kids along while shopping for groceries. Get a babysitter for an hour to eliminate chasing the children and saying no every five minutes.
4. When you enter the grocery store begin shopping right away. Complete your shopping in 30 minutes or less. Studies have shown that the average American consumer spends $1.70/minute for the first 30 minutes in the store and $2.25/minute thereafter. The same consumer also spends over $125 a week on groceries -- or over $6500 a year.
For budget-conscious, economy-watching families, those are some real numbers to chew on.