Providing food for your family is essential and the costs of doing so can vary largely depending on your mood, financial position, and whether you’re hungry when you go to the supermarket! But the reality is that food is a big expense for many families, and identifying ways to save at the supermarket can add up to a great deal of money in time. You may even be able to take the family on a vacation with all the money you can save on food over the year if you spend your money effectively. Nearly all of us wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a short overview on some helpful tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s normal for people to head to the grocery store with a list of items they need, but not often do they plan each meal of the week and all the ingredients that are required. Organising your meals and ingredients beforehand will make it easy for you to spend your money only on what is required. In doing so, you’ll also need to know what you currently have at in the pantry, so it’s a smart idea to use up the items you currently have in organising your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are substantially less expensive than others, so if you really wish to save money, pick meals that are cheap but fulfilling. You can find loads of cheap meal menus online. It’s also a good idea to have a paper and pen in the kitchen so when you run out of a particular ingredient, jot it down immediately so you remember the next time you’re at the grocery store.
Don’t Go To The Grocery store When You’re Hungry!
It’s vital that you always eat some food before heading to the supermarket for your weekly shopping. If you’ve ever been to the supermarket when you’re famished, you’ll know what I mean! Personally, I start drooling 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 checklist with you, quite often the temptations are overwhelming and can cause you to spend extra money on unnecessary items.
Use Loyalty Cards
An awesome way to save money on food is to use loyalty cards at the check out. Often, you’ll get a discount on a number of items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also receive 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 devote some time reviewing the prices to make sure you get the best value for money. You don’t always need to buy the ‘no frills’ brands, but grocery stores will frequently have sales on a number of items so it’s necessary to do your research. Alongside this, when there’s a sale on a particular item, it’s always a good idea to stock up when the prices are at their lowest. You’ll additionally want to compare the prices of your most frequently used foods at various supermarkets to identify which items are less costly. 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 especially after a long day at the workplace, but shopping at night is the best time to find discounts. Perishable goods like fruit and vegetables and bakery items are routinely 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 how many discounts you’ll discover at the supermarket if you go shopping at the end of the day.
So there you have it folks! There’s a number of ways to save money on groceries 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 realistic, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! On the contrary, if you’ve tried all of the above recommendations and are still struggling to find enough money, it might be best to seek professional advice regarding your financial position. If this is the case, talk with Bankruptcy Experts Tweed Coast on 1300 795 575 or visit their website for additional information: www.bankruptcyexpertstweedcoast.com.au