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Here are some useful suggestions in order to spare money while food shopping may be valuable in a period of economic crisis. If you follow them, you don't run the risk of getting home with “an empty sack” (don't forget that “A farthing saved is twice earned”).
Therefore, always remember:

  • WRITE A LIST: Do it before shopping. Just shop for things that you really need. Respect the list: as a shopper you are easily attracted by products that are put on the shelves in such a captivating way that you are urged to buy them although they aren't necessary at all.

  • PAY ATTENTION TO BEST SUPERMARKET DEALS AND OFFERS: It is certainly profitable to buy special deals, but watch out. Do not  just consider the price of every single item, but check how much it costs per kilo or  litre.

  • MIND HOW MANY PRODUCTS YOU BUY: Spare money when you go shopping: to buy what you and your family actually need is a good habit. Generally speaking, it is correct to hold a cupboard well-stocked with non-perishable goods ( for example, for personal hygiene and house cleansers) – but  never exceed.

  • EXPIRING DATE : 1) The expiring date marks the period within which a product must be consumed. It is essential when you go shopping to decide how much of that item to buy and store.  2) Prices are lowered on the approaching of the expiring date. Buy only those products that you are sure you will use immediately or within that date.

  • SUPERMARKET LABELS: Supermarkets have sold deodorants, house cleansers and food products with their own labels for many years. Some people still think they are low-quality, but generally they aren't. You are granted the same efficacy and safety as well-known,  products advertised on a large scale. Furthermore, the former cost less than the latter.

  • COMPARE PRICES:  To compare prices of the same products in different supermarkets can help saving much money . Obviously, the comparison is advantageous if made among shops close to your neighbourhood or workplace. Going shopping in a distant supermarket would take you longer time and would cost you a lot in petrol.

  • DISCOUNT AND LOCAL MARKETS: If you go shopping there, you may spare up to 50% of the money you spend if always shopping in the habitual supermarket. Local markets or those directly run by the farmers are of particular interest, as there is no intermediary. Prices are lower and the quality is often higher.

  • TO GO SHOPPING AT CLOSING TIME: many supermarkets sell perishable products at  a price reduction of 20%-30%. This happens because they cannot be put on sale any longer.

  • FIDELITY CARDS : Customers receive one in almost every supermarket. Thanks to fidelity cards, you enjoy all promotions, deals and offers: you will take advantage of a fidelity card if you always go to that supermarket for your shopping.

  • USE YOUR SHOPPING BAG: To buy a plastic bag at the supermarket any time you go  is big-ticket. Sum up the cost of the shopping bags you buy in a year and  you will see.

  • GO SHOPPING WHEN YOU AREN'T HUNGRY: It's  a quite realistic suggestion! If you go shopping when you are hungry, you are likely to buy sweets and food that you wouldn't otherwise buy. It's a mechanical, psychological impulse.

  • BUY DIRECTLY FORM THE PRODUCER: Whenever it is possible, refer to the producer/farmer. You will avoid any recharge for wholesalers and suppliers. This is possible for people living in small towns in the countryside. In bigger towns or cities, a solution can be to call a delivery service or  organizations like the Italian COLDIRETTI, the association of farmers at a national and European level.

  • BUY IN GROUPS: You can do it if you buy directly from the producers. Contact friends, relatives, neighbours or adhere to a group. Often the more you buy, the less you spend.

  • EAT LESS, EAT BETTER: Food is not a pastime or a way to burst out one's problems. Eat different types of food, but in small portions. Assume how many calories as your body needs.

  • DON'T USE THROW-AWAY PRODUCTS: They don't cost much, but they produce a lot of  waste material that is difficult to destroy.

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