Save Time, Money, and Patience at the Grocery Store

A picture of a line at the grocery store.
Ever felt like the last one in line there?

Ah, the grocery store.  The venue that can add costs to a family or individual’s budget, in addition to costing us our mental health at times too depending on what time of the day you visit.  However, we all have to eat at some point, and there are a few ways to deal with the anxiety of heading out to local supermarket and making it less stressful on both you and your finances.

The good folks over at the EveryDollar blog have some good tips on how to solve this:

Problem 1 – We shop at the same time as everyone else.

Raise your hand if you generally do most of your grocery shopping on Saturdays and Sundays.  How about if you generally do it between 11 am and 1 pm?  If you do, don’t feel bad, because according to the American Time Use Survey, apparently so does everybody else.

Simple Problem Solver – Shop during non peak hours!  If you can, try shopping during a non peak day like a Monday or a Tuesday.  Even better, if you can slide in before 4 pm, you have even better chances of avoiding the after work crowds.  This might not be the case everywhere though, as I know we frequently have still seen decent sized crowds during the daytime hours as well.

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Teaching Kids About Money…

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”  Right?  Not exactly in today’s economy of low interest rates, but Jeanie Ahn over at Yahoo! Finance has some good tips to help kids get the most for your dollar.  I know we might be instituting some of these!  How do you get your kids to save? Feel free to leave comments below!