Ways to Save Money On Your Groceries
Providing food for your family is essential and the costs of doing so can fluctuate greatly depending upon your mood, financial situation, and whether or not you’re hungry when you visit the grocery store! But the reality is that food is a big expense for a large number of families, and finding ways to save at the supermarket can add up to a great deal of money in time. You might even be able to take the family on a holiday with all the money you can save on groceries over the year if you spend your money effectively. We all wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a quick guide on some useful tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s customary for people to head to the grocery store with a list of items they need, but hardly ever do they plan every meal of the week and all the ingredients that are required. Organising your meals and ingredients beforehand will enable you to spend your money only on what is needed. In doing so, you’ll also need to know what you already have at home, so it’s a smart idea to use up the items you already have in organising your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are noticeably more affordable than others, so if you really want to save money, pick meals that are economical but fulfilling. You can discover an abundance of cheap meal menus on the web. It’s also a great idea to have a pen and paper in the kitchen so once you run out of a particular ingredient, note it down right away so you don’t forget the next time you’re at the supermarket.
Don’t Visit The Grocery store When You’re Hungry!
It’s paramount that you always eat something prior to going to the grocery store for your weekly shopping. If you’ve ever been to the grocery store when you’re starving, you’ll know what I mean! Personally, I start salivating when I find foods that I like but don’t really need and as a result, they wind up in my shopping trolley. Even if you’ve planned your meals for the week and have a list of ingredients with you, sometimes the temptations are overpowering and can cause you to spend money on unnecessary items.
Use Loyalty Cards
A marvelous way to save money on food is to use loyalty cards at the check out. In most cases, you’ll get a discount on various items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also obtain points which could 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 important that you spend some time reviewing the prices to ensure you get the best value for money. You don’t always need to buy the ‘no frills’ products, but grocery stores will often have sales on many items so it’s useful to do your homework. As well as this, when there’s a sale on a specific item, it’s always a good idea to stock up when the prices are at their lowest. You’ll even want to review the prices of your most often used foods at different supermarkets to identify which items are more affordable. It might 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 In The Evening
I know it sounds difficult particularly after a long day at the workplace, but shopping at night is the best time to encounter discounts. Perishable goods specifically fruits and vegetables and bakery items are normally 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 amount 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 plenty of ways to save money on food and the above suggestions are really just scratching the surface. If you’re able to save $20 a week on groceries, which is very plausible, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! Alternatively, if you’ve tried all of the above recommendations and are still struggling to find enough money, it may be best to seek professional advice regarding your financial position. If this is the case, speak with Bankruptcy Experts Wollongong on 1300 795 575 or visit their website for more details: www.bankruptcyexpertswollongong.com.au