Providing food for your family is necessary and the costs of doing so can vary extensively depending upon your mood, financial situation, and whether or not you’re hungry when you go to the grocery store! But the fact is that food is a large expense for a lot of families, and discovering ways to save at the supermarket can add up to a great deal of money with time. You might even be able to take the family on a vacation with all the money you can save on food throughout the year if you spend your money wisely. Nearly all of us wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a quick guide on some practical tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s standard for individuals to go 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 in advance will help you to spend your money only on what is needed. In doing this, you’ll also have to know what you already have at home, so it’s a bright idea to make use of the items you already have in organising your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are particularly less costly than others, so if you really want to save money, select meals that are inexpensive but satisfying. You can find lots of cheap meal menus on the net. It’s also a good idea to have a paper and pen in the kitchen so when you run out of a particular ingredient, note it down right away so you remember the next time you’re at the supermarket.
Don’t Visit The Supermarket When You’re Hungry!
It’s imperative that you always eat something prior to heading 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 salivating when I find foods that I like but don’t really need and naturally, they wind up in my shopping cart. Even if you’ve planned your meals for the week and have a list of ingredients with you, quite often the temptations are overpowering and can cause you to spend extra money on unneeded items.
Use Loyalty Cards
A fantastic way to save money on food is to use loyalty cards at the check out. Normally, you’ll get a discount on specific items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also receive 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 imperative that you devote some time analysing the prices to make sure that you get the best value for money. You don’t always have to buy the ‘no frills’ brands, but grocery stores will often have sales on a number of items so it’s important to do your research. As well as this, when there’s a sale on a particular item, it’s always a fantastic idea to stock up when the prices are at their lowest. You’ll even want to review the prices of your most frequently used foods at several supermarkets to find out which items are more affordable. 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 tough particularly after a long day of work, but shopping at night is the best time to encounter discounts. Perishable goods namely fruit and vegetables and bakery items are usually 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 uncover at the grocery store if you go shopping in the evening.
So there you have it folks! There’s lots of ways to save money on food and the above points are really just scratching the surface. If you have the chance to save $20 a week on groceries, which is very possible, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! Alternatively, if you’ve tried all of the above tips 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, contact Bankruptcy Experts Gladstone on 1300 795 575 or visit their website for additional information: www.bankruptcyexpertsgladstone.com.au