Providing food for your family is necessary and the costs of doing this can fluctuate greatly based on your mood, financial situation, and whether you’re hungry when you visit the supermarket! But the truth is that food is a significant expense for a lot of families, and uncovering ways to save at the grocery store can amount to a great deal of money over time. You may even be able to take the family on a holiday with all the money you can save on food throughout the year if you spend your money sensibly. We all wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a quick guide on some helpful tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s customary for people to go to the grocery store with a list of items they need, but seldom do they plan every meal of the week and all the ingredients that are involved. Organising your meals and ingredients ahead of time will help you to spend your money only on what is needed. In doing this, you’ll also need to know what you currently have at in the pantry, so it’s a good idea to use up the items you currently have in organising your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are significantly less costly than others, so if you really want to save money, select meals that are inexpensive but fulfilling. You can find an abundance of cheap meal menus online. It’s also a smart idea to have a pen and paper in the kitchen so when you run out of a specific ingredient, note it down right away so you don’t forget the next time you’re at the supermarket.
Don’t Go To The Supermarket When You’re Hungry!
It’s paramount that you always eat some food prior to going to the supermarket for your weekly shopping. If you’ve ever been to the supermarket when you’re hungry, you’ll know what I mean! Personally, I start salivating when I see foods that I like but don’t really need and because of this, they wind up in my shopping cart. Even if you’ve planned your meals for the week and have a list of items with you, generally the temptations are overpowering and can cause you to spend money on unneeded items.
Use Loyalty Cards
A fantastic way to save money on food is to use loyalty cards at the check out. Frequently, you’ll get a discount on certain items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also gain points which can be used either by buying a gift card or various other featured items. Regardless, you’ll be saving money that would otherwise be going down the drain!
There are many substitutes for the same type of food so it’s vital that you devote some time examining the prices to make sure you get the best value for money. You don’t always have to buy the ‘no frills’ brands, but supermarkets will traditionally have sales on many items so it’s valuable to do your homework. Alongside this, whenever there’s a sale on a certain item, it’s always a fantastic idea to stock up when the prices are at their lowest. You’ll also want to review the prices of your most commonly used foods at several supermarkets to find which items are more affordable. It may be the case where you travel to two grocery stores when undertaking your weekly shopping expedition, but the price savings are well worth it.
Shop At The End Of The Day
I know it sounds hard especially after a long day at work, but shopping in the evening is the best time to find discounts. Perishable goods like fruits and vegetables and bakery items are commonly discounted if there is too much inventory for the next day. The best part is that these items are almost as good as new except cheaper! You’ll be surprised with the amount of discounts you’ll find at the grocery store if you go shopping in the evening.
So there you have it folks! There’s lots of ways to save money on groceries and the above recommendations are really just scratching the surface. If you manage to save $20 a week on food, which is very plausible, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! Alternatively, if you’ve tried all of the above ideas and are still struggling to find enough money, it may be best to seek professional advice regarding your financial situation. If this is the case, phone Bankruptcy Advice on 1300 879 867 or visit their website for more information: www.bankruptcy-advice.com.au/