Believe it or not but luxury food products might be the grocery thief eating up your budget.
Find out what gourmet means and why you should consider removing luxury food products taking up valuable shopping cart real estate.
Today, I want to explore what luxury food products can soak up cash and other options that may work better.
Gourmet Vs. Luxury Products Are Partners In Crime
The most expensive food is the food that you can’t afford to buy.
Your grocery budget should be important to you, especially if finance is something that you want to challenge and control.
The food budget is the number one category for most consumers.
The reason is that we can change how we shop and what we eat.
Product prices differ all over Canada; for this reason, depending on where you live, the struggle to keep on budget may be near impossible or at least seem to be.
One way you can help your grocery budget> is>Investigate your habits.
Find out what gourmet means and why you should consider chopping luxury food products that take up too much real estate in your shopping cart.
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favorite luxury food products, but when it becomes a habit, you may bite off more than you can afford.
Stop making excuses about why you need a bag of chips every time you watch television or pop in a DVD movie.
How about swapping that out for fresh-cut veggies instead?
You might only get cucumbers and carrots for the price of a bag of chips but consider the health factor along with the Cost.
Can You Afford Luxury Food Products?
Grocery shopping is not for everyone but for those who must endure it, you should know what you can and cannot afford.
The problem is that not everyone understands how luxury food purchases will affect the overall shop.
No one grocery budget fits all because we all have different tastes, leading us to make the purchases we do.
What I find interesting is how consumers define luxury food products.
We recently chatted on Facebook in the What’s For Dinner feed, and we all considered luxury food products differently.
Last week on our road trip, we made a pit stop at the grocery store to buy some snacks.
While shopping, Mrs. CBB’s sister mentioned that eating clean is part of her new diet.
As they walked through the produce section, she pointed to a container of spiralized zucchini.
“Oh, I’ve bought that to make zucchini pasta with,” she says.
The Cost is $5.99 a tub, which would equal between 3-4 small zucchini or one medium-large zucchini.
Consumers are paying the extra $3 or so for the employee to do the work and for the plastic container and labeling.
Now we know what to buy her for Christmas, a spiralizer to encourage her to do it herself.
Something that we never reasonably thought of before was that consumers might purchase products because they don’t have the tools to do it at home.
Another reason may be that they want to try it out in small quantities before buying a larger version.
It’s Not About Being Lazy
Being the frugal family, we’d only buy something like that if it were half-price and cost less than buying them whole.
Nine times out of ten, buying a product untouched will cost you less than if it were processed.
Any time we pull out our wallets to spend money on food products handled by someone to create ease of use, we will pay the price.
Mrs. CBB always tries to help her sister understand finance fundamentals since it hasn’t been her best subject.
Her worst habit is buying whatever she wants, although she’s been getting better and looking at prices.
Living pay to pay is hard, but no matter your grocery budget, you must understand what you can and cannot afford.
What Are Luxury Food Products?
Luxury and gourmet are hand-made products or foods optimized to save the buyer time.
They may also be products that are unique and rare with expensive ingredients.
However, luxury may also be the staple many of us take for granted, such as milk, bread, eggs, Pasta, etc.
Luxury food products are friendly because they may cut time from the cooking process but will also suck up a chunk of your grocery budget.
I watched this video yesterday, and although it was created in America, I’m sure the same rings true for us in Canada.
Update: The video is no longer available, sorry.
The stats will be different, but what I found interesting was how the cashier made these customers stop and think about what was going on and why.
Too often, we are in such a rush with life that we forget to take a step back and think about how blessed we are.
The name of the game when grocery shopping with a frugal mindset is to get as much as you can for as little as possible without compromising quality.
That sounds like a tough challenge, and sometimes it is, but the more you keep with that mindset, the easier it gets.
Saving Money And Money Lessons
While perusing the grocery store with her, we chatted about different foods, prices, and tips to help her save money.
Although she seemed shocked at some of the things she missed or possibly spent more than needed, the lesson amazed her the most.
She didn’t get this guidance growing up, and although you might think it’s common sense, I bet many people could benefit from a grocery shopping 101 class.
Trust me when I say we would have been hands up first if someone offered back five years ago.
- Lesson 1– How much is your grocery budget?
- Lesson 2– What foods do you enjoy eating?
- Lesson 3– How to create a menu plan?
- Lesson 4– How to stock your pantry?
- Lesson 5– Where are the best places to grocery shop?
- Lesson 6– How to avoid mass marketing ploys at the grocery store?
- Lesson 7– Well, you get the picture, and I’ve written posts on all the above topics.
Grocery Shopping Challenge
If you think walking into a grocery store without prep work is the best way to save money on groceries, then go for it.
Over the past five years of investigating grocery stores and customer shopping habits, including our own, we know that you must shop with a plan.
Here’s a scenario
You have $21 to spend on food.
Are any items in either shop below considered luxury food products for you?
In either case, there may be luxury food products you can’t afford; however, remember that we don’t have all view luxury in the same light.
Luxury food products for our family are items we can do without, make for less, or wait until the product is on sale, reduced, or lowered with coupons.
Shopper 1 Luxury Food Products
- Bag of chips $2.99
- Bag of Milk 4L $4.27
- Eggs dozen 1 $2.27
- Pop Tarts $2.99
- Frozen Pizza Pops $5.99
- Case of Pop $3.99
Total Cost: $20.23
- Dry Pasta $0.99
- Lettuce $1.99
- Pork Sausages $3.99
- Canned Tomatoes $1.99
- Oatmeal $2.29
- Milk 4L $4.27
- Eggs dozen $1.99
Total Cost: $20.40
Challenge Your Grocery Shopping Skills
Challenge yourself next time you grocery shop to see how far you can stretch $21.
We would be shopper 2, but there is no wrong or correct answer here.
It’s about choice and how you handle your grocery budget.
Mrs. CBB and I were chatting while her sister was off doing her thing, and we discussed these so-called luxury food products.
We started to point out different products we considered fitting the bill.
We learned that we had done well controlling our urge to spend more than we should on products we could afford but would eat into our overall shopping budget.
The Weakest Link Is The Shopper
It’s not easy being frugal, and we screw up from time to time, but we’re not superhero grocery shoppers.
We’re human just like you and get suckered in at our weakest moments which is why I love my interaction with all of my readers.
Our weakest link is our son, who can somewhat distract us at the grocery store. Our solution we split up.
It may seem easier to leave him at home, but grocery shopping is a part of life and a lesson we hope to keep teaching him as he grows.
Remember, what you consider luxury food products will differ from the next person.
The critical thing to remember is whether you need it and what foods you could replace that product with to offer you more bang for your buck.
Would you rather eat a bag of chips for a week or drink 4 liters of milk?
The choice is yours.
Luxury Food Products To Reconsider
- Select pre-made and frozen products
- Deli meats and cheeses (from the deli)
- In-store Bakery products
- Chopped garlic in a jar – convenience
- Solid White Tuna vs. Chunk light tuna
- Select seafood products
- Junk food- chips, chocolate, cookies
- Pasta sauce in a pot or can
- Shredded or grated cheeses
- Single serve products
This took time and is hard to keep up with, and we fail sometimes, but the awareness is there, which is most important.
Like Mrs.CBB’s sister said, “I wouldn’t have known any better about coupons and savings if you didn’t help me.”
Don’t be afraid to share your grocery shopping tips with those who would appreciate the help.
If you could help in the grocery shopping department, you’ve dropped by the right blog.
Take a break, take deep breaths and look at your grocery budget, shopping plan, and what you hope to achieve from it all.
If your goal is to tighten up your overall monthly budget and your main target is food shopping, then your homework.
You may be pleasantly surprised by what you will learn about money spent vs. money saved by applying simple grocery shopping concepts.
Thanks for stopping by,
Discussion: What would you consider luxury food products that don’t typically make it into your shopping cart?
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