Extreme Couponing Tip: Don’t Shop Hungry!

Ever go the store hungry and find you purchased much more than you planned on? When you shop on an empty stomach you are more likely to overspend and buy more than what’s on your list. These extra items are often not on sale and likely lack a coupon. Impulse food buys also tend to be less healthy.

Before you head to the grocery store, pack a snack to munch on or go shopping after you eat, which is especially important if you have kids in tow. Also remember to tote around a water bottle or stop by the drinking fountain to avoid those oh-so-tempting chilled beverages at checkout.

On the other hand, shopping after a huge meal can be a mistake. You may skip things on your list that you need simply because it doesn’t sound appetizing when you’re super full.

Are you an impulse buyer? Check out this post on how to help keep your bill low!

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3 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Don’t Shop Hungry!”

  1. Leah Harris says:

    However, I’ve found that Yard-Sale’ing hungry is good b/c I don’t buy as much.  It’s weird, but it works.

  2. I like to make my grocery list while I am at home eating breakfast. I list everything I need for the meals I have planned, any staples we need, deals I want to get, and maybe a thing or two else that sounds good. I estimate the cost to make sure it’s under where I need to be–it’s easier to “put things back” from a list than at the store. I write the list in the order I’ll grab the items as I go around the store, so I’m not walking around needlessly or wandering down extra aisles I don’t need to. And if i add a thing or two, that’s okay, bc I made sure my list was under budget to begin with.