Do you need to save money on groceries? You’re definitely not alone. Food and drink is one of the biggest expenses that most of us have, and regular trips to the supermarket can very quickly add up and leave your purse feeling much lighter.
I’ll be honest… I love heading to Tesco or Sainsbury’s for my weekly shop. I love having a good old rummage through the aisles and seeing the new lines that they’ve brought out to tempt customers. I love picking out a few special items so I can head home and whip up a delicious meal. But I don’t love spending more than necessary.
According to the Money Advice Service, the average weekly food shopping bill is £53.20. That’s fairly true for my family, but only if I keep a really close eye on it. Thankfully, I’ve worked out how to save money on groceries without feeling like I’m scrimping and saving, or depriving myself of what I fancy. Here’s how I do it…
DOWNGRADE TO THE SUPERMARKET’S OWN BRAND
Are you in the habit of always buying the extra special ranges? It may seem that they represent a little more luxury, but often, you’re simply paying for the fancy packaging. Next time you go shopping, make a commitment to trying the supermarket’s own brand. You might be pleasantly surprised. Of course, you may well find that there are certain products that you’re just not willing to compromise on. That’s fine. But just a few changes could really help to cut your spending.
COOK MORE OF YOUR OWN MEALS FROM SCRATCH
Sometimes, grabbing a ready meal or a frozen pizza just seems like the best option. We all have busy lives, and sometimes you just can’t be bothered to cook. Remember though that you pay a premium for convenience items. If you’ve lost your mojo in the kitchen, get back on track by pinpointing some recipes you fancy and making them this week. For more inspiration, check out my guide to getting creative in the kitchen. Doing this will also help you to resist the temptation of a takeaway!
SET YOURSELF A BUDGET, AND STICK TO IT!
It’s so easy to lose track of how much you’re actually spending on food and drink each week. You pick up a sandwich on your way to work, you grab a coffee on your way home, and then you call into the corner shop to pick up a few essentials. You may forget about this spending, and not realise where you’re unnecessarily splurging. The best solution here is to set a budget, and carefully track everything you spend on groceries over the period of a month. By the end, you’re going to be able to fully take stock of the situation, and work out where savings could be made.
LOOK OUT FOR YELLOW STICKER BARGAINS
If you want to save money on groceries then hunting down yellow sticker bargains is a complete no-brainer. Towards the end of the day, supermarkets need to get rid of the items that are due to go out of date. So they slash the prices, and you can often pick up items in completely fine condition for next to nothing. You can enjoy them that evening, or chuck them in the freezer to enjoy at a later date. Just make sure that you check the storage instructions. Visit a few supermarkets in your area close to closing time to see what’s available, and don’t be scared to have a good old rummage!
It’s very possible to save money on groceries, and it’s easier than you might think. Following these tips here ensures that I keep a close eye on my spending, whilst still being able to eat the foods that I love on a daily basis.