One of the main expenses in life is grocery shopping. Not only does it eat into our time, it also massively increases our fortnightly expenditure.
Itís easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to grocery shopping, resulting in unnecessary spending and a large amount of food waste. Here are a few tips on how you can reduce the cost of food shopping for you and your family.
1. Location, Location, Location Itís common knowledge that certain areas have increased prices when it comes to groceries, where as less affluent locations may have slightly lower costs.
Why not try shopping in the next suburb over once in a while and see if it makes a difference?
2. Freeze, Freeze, Freeze If youíre like me and struggle to always prepare the right amount of food for your family, ending up with tonnes of leftovers, then freeze it!
Sauces, chillies, curries and stews will always freeze brilliantly and as a plus, they will feed the family for another evening, meaning a night free from cooking as well as reducing costs.
3. Lunch on a budget Another great thing to do with leftovers? Take it for lunch the next day. Pop it in the fridge and stick a post it note on the door so you donít forget it in the morning.
Voila! No need to spend money on expensive lunches again!
4. Don't be a brand snob Just because you are used to picking up a certain brand of food, doesnít necessarily mean itís the best. As creatureís of habit, it can sometimes be hard for us to change something that weíre used to buying on a weekly basis - but why not see if there is a cheaper alternative?
Try it out, if it falls short on taste, revert back, but you may just end up finding a more delicious, cheaper dupe.
5. Avoid daily grocery grabbing The thing that most of us are guilty of - nipping to the supermarket after work because you need one thing and coming out with 3 full bags of unnecessary groceries.
Itís always best to plan the weeks/fortnights meals in advance and do a ďbig shopĒ all in one go, helping us to reduce the amount of money we spend on a daily basis.
6. Shop Wisely A lot of the time itís easier to find everything all under one roof, however visiting your local fruit and veg market for certain items rather than the supermarket can equal big savings!
You should also change up your supermarkets - Aldi can be a great alternative to the main competitors for certain staple items as well as fresh meat.
Even though it may take more time to spread your shopping trip around, the reduction in cost usually makes up for it!
7. Check your junk mail All those annoying catalogues you get in the mailbox? Donít throw them out! Take the time to have a quick look at them and find out whatís on sale and where.
It may well be something you purchase on a regular basis so why not take the opportunity to buy in bulk!