Shoppers report that going to the grocery store has a major affect on their wallet. In fact, if you go food shopping on an empty stomach, you may end up getting lots of items that are not necessary and spending more money that you planned. Do your best to meal plan for the week, or at least to create a shopping list. This will help insure that you will buy what you actually need. Also, stay away from tempting deals and sales, and focus on your list.