Grocery Shopping is the most essential shopping one has to do every now and then. If you plan it carefully you will be able to save a lot of money and time. Follow certain tips and you can be a shop smarter at any super market. Before you set for the grocery store or market, plan your weekly meal and accordingly make a list of grocery needs for that week. Many people put up a list on the fridge to write down the things which are necessary for them to buy so that they will not forget. Menu Planning Menu planning is the most difficult thing to do for grocery shopping. What you plan for the next week or next two weeks is a time consuming task. But once you have planned your meal it becomes really easy to make and follow a list. Make sure you include dairy products, cereal, breakfast food, frozen food, grains, pastas, canned goods, baking needs, fruits and vegetables etc. in your list. Also meat, eggs and bread is equally important in your list. This is a common tip but it is true. Never go shopping when you are hungry because you are more likely to buy things that you do not need and end up spending more than you need. Make a budget and try to stick to the list you have made. Always plan your visit to the super market when your kids are not around. They will trouble you till you buy them junk food which is not healthy and ultimately you may spend on unnecessary items. One important advice is stick to your shopping list and budget or else you may end up buying items you do not need. Buying necessities like batteries, bulbs, tissues etc. in bulk also saves a lot of money. Try the store brand as they may be as good as the branded product. Sales and Coupons Take advantages of the weekly sales ads and specials to buy accordingly. Collect online super market vouchers to get discounts on products. There are a lot of free coupons available in the newspaper, flyers and on the web. Lookout for coupons that are already on discounted products as they will be super cheap. Do not forget to carry your envelope of coupons because you save a lot of money by using them. I hope these useful tips on shopping will help you in grocery shopping. Happy Shopping!