We’d all love to reduce our grocery bills. A fifty dollar weekly saving at the supermarket put towards your mortgage instead could serve a better purpose but how do we reduce the amount of money we spend on our weekly shop?
The strangest tip I’ve heard is never to shop when you’re hungry, thirsty or tired. It came from my university flatmates and they were right. It is true that you tend to buy extra items when you’re hungry, whether you realize it at the time or not.
So have a snack and a cup of tea before you head to the supermarket. You never know, this may easily save you $50 to $100 per shop!
What are your money saving tips at the supermarket?
Food is an essential part of our budget we simply can’t do without, but if you’re looking to save a significant amount of money on your grocery bills, try these simple tips:
Shop on sale days
gossip amongst the girls at the check out counters and the supermarket staff and find out if there are certain days of the week when there are more specials and price reductions than others.
Only buy what you need
and always shop with a list. If there’s a sushi kit on special and you had a passing idea so many weeks ago to make your own sushi — but it’s not on your list, give it a miss. Products always go on sale again so don’t feel as though you’ll miss out if you don’t buy now.
Save money on meat
by buying whole chickens instead of chicken parts sold separately. For a family of four, two whole chickens will give you one chicken breast dinner, use the wings and thighs for a curry and the carcass to make a hearty, homemade chicken stock for minestrone soup — all for the price of four chicken breasts. Once you learn how to cut up a raw chicken, you’ll never go back to buying in parts again.
As for beef and steak, economy cuts of meat pack just as much protein as premium cuts, just try to trim off as much fat as possible and avoid using fat and oil to cook it.
Compare unit prices
and be willing to give supermarket brand products a go. Especially when it comes to basic items such as bread, milk, flour, eggs, toilet paper, simple biscuits, ice cream and such. Your supermarket trolley may look generic, but who cares? You’re saving good money.
Never pick up items at the checkout counter
those lollies, gum, drinks and magazines are there to tempt you to spend a few more dollars before you leave the store. Don’t give in.
Buy in bulk at wholesale stores
such as ALDI. Certain items such as toilet paper, laundry liquids and non-perishable items cost much less when bought in bulk. So allocate one spot on your grocery list to purchasing a certain item in bulk (no use buying everything in bulk in one go).
Buy fruits and vegetables from wholesale markets
you’ll be amazed with how much produce you’ll walk away with for $30. And always buy in season and locally produced goods.