Does anyone else check their bank statement and find that a huge proportion of it is on food? Yeah, it’s easy to do and that used to be me too, but I’ve found the perfect way to save money food shopping and now I want to share my tips with you! So read on, and find out how you can save them pennies…
Check your cupboards
This seems obvious doesn’t it, but it’s something that is so often forgotten! Take 5 minutes to look through your fridge, freezer and all your cupboard to see what you already have and what you’re running out of – this should stop you accidentally buying more than you need and ending up with a cupboard full of baked beans and not a lot else!
Write a list
Another obvious one but write a list and take it with you! Supermarkets are specifically designed with psychologists to play on subliminal messages to make us spend more than we need, but if you have a list and stick to it you won’t fall victim to any of their clever tricks! You can either write this list by checking the cupboards before you go to the shop (as mentioned above) or you can have a piece of paper stuck to the fridge and add to it as and when you run out of something.
This is something I didn’t do for a long time, but once I started meal planning I found that I was saving so much money! Before you go shopping, see what you already have at home and plan your meals for the week ahead – this way you will only buy the ingredients you need to finish off the dishes and you’ll save yourself a lot of money and food wastage!
Avoid small shopping trips
It’s so tempting to pop into the shop as you’re passing to grab little bits you’ve thought of, but once you’re in there you’ll likely find yourself buying things you didn’t even plan to get! Try and limit your shopping trips to once a week/every 2 weeks when you need to do your ‘big shop’ and don’t get tempted into making small visits every few days.
The perfect way to avoid the pesky mind-control tricks of the supermarkets is to do your shopping online. Plus, it means you can do it from the comfort of your own sofa – perfect! Write your list, get online and book to either have it delivered, or you can use their Click and Collect service if this suits you more (perhaps if you pass on your way home from work). Not only can you save money food shopping this way, but you can also look on cashback websites like Topcashback or Quidco will have promotions on where you’ll get a little bit of money back – free money is always a good thing!
Frozen food is your friend
If you’ve made too much of a dish one night, perhaps you could freeze it? Or if you’ve got fruit that is getting to the end of its life and you don’t think you’re going to use it in time, chop it up, put it in a bag and pop it in the freezer. It’ll keep all it’s nutrients and be ready and waiting for you whenever you need it! Another top tip is that if you’re buying bulk packs of meat or fish, you can divide them up into portions, wrap them in cling film or put inside Tupperware boxes, and freeze them individually, so you can just reach in and take what you need when you need them.
Beat The Best Before Date
When planning your meals take a few minutes to check out the Best Before and Use By dates on your food – whatever is going to spoil soonest is the one you need to eat first. It’s all too easy to miss the dates on them and for the food to go to waste, but this way you can adjust your schedule to suit and get the most out of the food you’ve bought.
I’m always looking for ways to save money (aren’t we all?) so I’d love to know if you have any other tips that make it easier to save money food shopping. Let me know in the comments below!
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