Providing food for your family is paramount and the costs of doing this can vary extensively based on your mood, finances, and whether you’re hungry when you go to the supermarket! But the reality is that food is a big expense for a lot of families, and seeking ways to save at the supermarket can amount to a great deal of money in time. You might even be able to take the family on a vacation with all the money you can save on groceries over the year if you spend your money sensibly. All of us wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a brief guide on some effective tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s customary for people to go to the supermarket with a list of items they need, but not often do they plan each meal of the week and all the ingredients that are involved. Organising your meals and ingredients ahead of time will make it easy for you to spend your money only on what is required. In doing this, you’ll also need to know what you already have at in the pantry, so it’s a bright idea to make use of the items you currently have in organising your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are considerably cheaper than others, so if you really want to save money, favour meals that are low cost but satisfying. You can find loads of cheap meal menus on the net. It’s also a smart idea to have a pen and paper in the kitchen so whenever you run out of a specific ingredient, note it down immediately so you remember the next time you’re at the supermarket.
Don’t Visit The Supermarket When You’re Hungry!
It’s important that you always eat something before 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 drooling when I find foods that I like but don’t really need and because of this, they wind up in my shopping basket. Even if you’ve planned your meals for the week and have a list of ingredients with you, more often than not the temptations are overpowering 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. Often, you’ll get a discount on various items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also acquire points which can be used either by buying a gift card or various other featured items. In either case, 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 imperative that you invest some time analysing the prices to ensure you get the best value for money. You don’t always have to buy the ‘no frills’ brands, but supermarkets will typically have sales on many items so it’s valuable to do your research. As well as this, when 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 compare the prices of your most frequently used foods at several grocery stores to discover which items are cheaper. It could be the case where you travel to two supermarkets when carrying out your weekly shopping expedition, but the price savings are well worth it.
Shop At The End Of The Day
I know it sounds hard particularly after a long day at the office, but shopping at night is the best time to encounter discounts. Perishable goods such as 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 number of discounts you’ll uncover at the supermarket if you go shopping at the end of the day.
So there you have it folks! There’s many ways to save money on food and the above points are really just scratching the surface. If you manage to save $20 a week on food, which is very possible, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! However, if you’ve tried all of the above suggestions 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 to Bankruptcy Experts Gympie on 1300 795 575 or visit their website for more information: www.bankruptcyexpertsgympie.com.au