Providing food for your family is paramount and the costs of doing so can fluctuate extensively depending upon your mood, financial position, and whether you’re hungry when you visit the supermarket! But the fact is that food is a substantial expense for a lot of families, and discovering ways to save at the grocery store can amount to a great deal of money over 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 wisely. Nearly all of us wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a simple overview on some effective tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s common for individuals to go 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 involved. Planning your meals and ingredients ahead of time will enable you to spend your money only on what is required. In doing this, you’ll also have to know what you already have at home, so it’s a good idea to make use of the items you already have in preparing your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are substantially less expensive than others, so if you really intend to save money, favour meals that are economical but satisfying. You can find an abundance of cheap meal menus on the internet. It’s also a smart idea to have a paper and pen in the kitchen so when you run out of a specific ingredient, note it down right away so you don’t forget the next time you’re at the grocery store.
Don’t Head to The Supermarket When You’re Hungry!
It’s imperative that you always eat some food before going to the grocery store for your weekly shopping. If you’ve ever been to the grocery store when you’re famished, you’ll know what I mean! In my experience, I start drooling when I see foods that I like but don’t really need and as a result, 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 overpowering and can cause you to spend extra money on unneeded items.
Use Loyalty Cards
A terrific way to save money on groceries is to use loyalty cards at the checkout. Typically, you’ll get a discount on a number of items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also acquire points which could be used either by buying a gift card or various other featured items. Either way, 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 critical that you invest some time analysing the prices to ensure you get the best value for money. You don’t always need to buy the ‘no frills’ brands, but supermarkets will normally have sales on various items so it’s important to do your research. Alongside this, whenever 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 additionally want to compare the prices of your most frequently used foods at several grocery stores to identify which items are cheaper. It may be the case where you travel to two supermarkets when undertaking 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 work, but shopping at night is the best time to encounter discounts. Perishable goods such as fruits and vegetables and bakery items are commonly 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 find at the grocery store if you go shopping at the end of the day.
So there you have it folks! There’s many ways to save money on food and the above suggestions are really just scratching the surface. If you manage to save $20 a week on food, which is very possible, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! Conversely, if you’ve tried all of the above ideas and are still struggling to find enough money, it might be best to seek professional advice regarding your financial situation. If this is the case, speak to Bankruptcy Experts Northern Rivers on 1300 795 575 or visit their website for additional information: www.bankruptcyexpertsnorthernrivers.com.au