The best ways to Save Money On Your Groceries
Providing food for your family is paramount and the costs of doing this can fluctuate widely based on your mood, financial situation, and whether you’re hungry when you visit the grocery store! But the truth is that food is a big expense for many families, and finding ways to save at the grocery store can add up to a great deal of money with time. You may even be able to
take the family on a holiday with all the money you can save on food over the year if you spend your money wisely. All of us wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a short guide on some practical tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s typical for people to head to the grocery store with a list of items they need, but hardly ever do they plan each meal of the week and all the ingredients that are needed. Organising your meals and ingredients ahead of time will enable you to spend your money only on what is needed. In doing so, you’ll also need to know what you already have at home, so it’s a bright idea to make use of the items you already have in preparing your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are noticeably cheaper than others, so if you really intend to save money, favour meals that are inexpensive but satisfying. You can find a lot of cheap meal menus online. It’s also a smart idea to have a paper and pen in the kitchen so whenever you run out of a specific ingredient, write it down straight away so you don’t forget the next time you’re at the grocery store.
Don’t Go To The Supermarket When You’re Hungry!
It’s imperative that you always eat some food prior to going to the supermarket for your weekly shopping. If you’ve ever been to the grocery store when you’re starving, you’ll know what I mean! Personally, I start salivating when I find foods that I like but don’t really need and naturally, they end up in my shopping cart. Even if you’ve planned your meals for the week and have a list of ingredients with you, often the temptations are overwhelming and can cause you to spend extra money on unnecessary items.
Use Loyalty Cards
A brilliant way to save money on food is to use loyalty cards at the checkout. Usually, you’ll get
a discount on some items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also gain points which could 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 kind of food so it’s essential that you invest some time analysing the prices to make sure you get the best value for money. You don’t always need to buy the ‘no frills’ products, but supermarkets will often have sales on various items so it’s useful to do your homework. As well as this, when there’s a sale on a specific item, it’s always a great idea to stock up when the prices are at their lowest. You’ll additionally want to compare the prices of your most commonly used foods at several grocery stores to discover which items are less costly. It may be the case where you travel to two supermarkets when embarking on your weekly shopping expedition, but the price savings are well worth it.
Shop In The Evening
I know it sounds hard especially after a long day at the office, but shopping in the evening is the best time to find discounts. Perishable goods namely fruit and vegetables and bakery items are routinely discounted if there is too much inv
entory for the next day. The best part is that these items are almost as good as new except cheaper! You’ll be surprised with how many discounts you’ll discover at the grocery store if you go shopping in the evening.
So there you have it folks! There’s many ways to save money on food and the above tips are really just scratching the surface. If you have the chance to save $20 a week on groceries, which is very plausible, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! On the other hand, if you’ve tried all of the above ideas and are still struggling to find enough money, it might be best to seek professional advice regarding your financial scenario. If this is the case, talk with Bankruptcy Experts Tablelands on 1300 795 575 or visit their website for additional information: www.bankruptcyexpertstablelands.com.au