If you ask any parent what the most surprising thing was cost-wise about having children, chances are they’re going to say the grocery bill. For small humans who complain constantly about food, they sure seem to go through it at a rate of knots!
Here are some useful tips if you’re looking for how to save money on your groceries. Then you’ve only got the other expenses to worry about – school and childcare fees, clothes, toys, books, medical appointments, haircuts, shoes… ugh.
How To Save Money On Your Groceries
Failing to plan is planning to fail
Meal planning, taking stock of your current contents and making a list (and sticking to it) is key to saving money on food. Say goodbye to impulse purchases at the checkout by either leaving the kids somewhere else while you shop or (if you’re not lucky enough to have that option) getting your groceries delivered to your home. You’ll save on delivery fees if you order over a certain amount and the added bonus will be that you get to stay in your pyjamas.
Support the little guy
Purchasing your fruits, vegetables and meats from grocers won’t only save you some dollars but you’ll be supporting the local economy. This is also a key way to cut down on the plastic wastage often found in supermarket produce aisles. Shop small and shop fresh.
Batch cooking like a boss
Cooking ahead of time and freezing portions will help you save money on groceries. You’ll need to ensure you have freezer capacity and that you clearly label all food (add a date as well so you’re not left confused in a month’s time).
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No name same same
You can often find brand substitutes that taste the same but come at a fraction of the cost. Shops like Aldi are stuffed full of hidden treasures that are ‘same same, but different’ to the big name brands you’re used to buying. You’ll wonder why you ever paid full price for cereal again!
Word to the wise, though. Beware the centre aisle or you’ll develop Aldi madness and find yourself wandering home with a new whipper snipper and twenty ski jackets you don’t need.
Bulk up, baby
Grabbing a membership to an outlet store like Costco means that you’ll be able to purchase products cheaply and in bulk, thus saving some dollars in the long run. Toilet paper, cleaning products, canned foods – it’s all in giant sizes and it’s all waiting for you in those warehouses! If storage is at a premium in your house, consider cleaning out the garage to make room. You could have a little garage sale in the process to fund your Costco membership! Everybody wins!
Get that budget in shape
Be realistic about your weekly income and adjust your spending accordingly. There are a number of easy ways to save money that won’t take you a lot of effort and might just open up some budget space to give you a little breathing room.
Follow your grocery spending closely and make adjustments accordingly. Keep a close eye on your receipts and your grocery spending throughout the week to find ways to improve.
How to save money on your groceries
It’s possible and it’s relatively painless. Saving money on food doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on taste and nutrition – it’s simply a matter of using your common cents. (Get it?)
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