Providing food for your family is essential and the costs of doing so can fluctuate widely depending upon your mood, financial position, and whether or not you’re hungry when you head to the supermarket! But the truth is that food is a substantial expense for a large number of families, and seeking ways to save at the grocery store can add up to a great deal of money over time. You might even be able to take the family on a vacation with all the money you can save on groceries throughout the year if you spend your money intelligently. We all wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a simple overview on some practical tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s usual 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. Planning your meals and ingredients ahead of time will allow you to spend your money only on what is needed. In doing so, you’ll also should know what you already have at home, so it’s a great idea to use up the items you already have in preparing your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are considerably less expensive than others, so if you really wish to save money, pick meals that are cheap but satisfying. You can find lots of cheap meal menus on the net. It’s also a great idea to have a pen and paper in the kitchen so once you run out of a certain ingredient, note it down immediately so you don’t forget the next time you’re at the supermarket.
Don’t Visit The Supermarket When You’re Hungry!
It’s crucial that you always eat something before going to the grocery store for your weekly shopping. If you’ve ever been to the supermarket when you’re on an empty stomach, you’ll know what I mean! In my experience, I start drooling when I find foods that I like but don’t really need and as a result, they end up in my shopping trolley. Even if you’ve planned your meals for the week and have a list of items with you, generally the temptations are overpowering and can cause you to spend extra money on unnecessary items.
Use Loyalty Cards
A wonderful way to save money on groceries is to use loyalty cards at the checkout. Generally, you’ll get a discount on a number of items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also earn points which can be used either by buying a gift card or various other featured items. Regardless, you’ll be saving money that would otherwise be going down the drain!
There are many substitutes for the same kind of food so it’s crucial that you spend some time comparing the prices to make sure you get the best value for money. You don’t always have to buy the ‘no frills’ brands, but grocery stores will commonly have sales on a number of items so it’s important to do your homework. Alongside this, when there’s a sale on a particular item, it’s always an excellent idea to stock up when the prices are at their lowest. You’ll also want to examine the prices of your most often used foods at several grocery stores to find out which items are cheaper. It might be the case where you travel to two grocery stores when undertaking your weekly shopping expedition, but the price savings are well worth it.
Shop At The End Of The Day
I know it sounds challenging especially after a long day at the office, but shopping at night is the best time to find discounts. Perishable goods such as fruits 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 the number of discounts you’ll find at the supermarket if you go shopping at the end of the day.
So there you have it folks! There’s lots of ways to save money on groceries and the above suggestions are really just scratching the surface. If you’re able to save $20 a week on groceries, which is very realistic, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! Conversely, if you’ve tried all of the above suggestions 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, talk with Bankruptcy Experts Shellharbour on 1300 795 575 or visit their website for more details: www.bankruptcyexpertsshellharbour.com.au