Providing food for your family is essential and the costs of doing this can fluctuate widely depending upon your mood, finances, and whether you’re hungry when you head to the supermarket! But the reality is that food is a large expense for the majority of families, and finding ways to save at the grocery store can amount to a great deal of money in time. You might even be able to take the family on a getaway with all the money you can save on food throughout the year if you spend your money intelligently. All of us wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a short guide on some effective tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s standard for people to go to the grocery store with a list of items they need, but hardly ever do they plan each meal of the week and all the ingredients that are needed. Organising your meals and ingredients ahead of time will make it easy for you to spend your money only on what is needed. In doing this, you’ll also need to know what you already have at home, so it’s a smart idea to use the items you already have in organising your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are a lot cheaper than others, so if you really want to save money, go with meals that are inexpensive but satisfying. You can find an abundance of cheap meal menus on the internet. It’s also a good idea to have a paper and pen in the kitchen so as soon as you run out of a specific ingredient, write it down right away so you remember the next time you’re at the grocery store.
Don’t Head to The Grocery store When You’re Hungry!
It’s critical that you always eat some food before 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! Personally, I start drooling when I find foods that I like but don’t really need and because of this, they wind up in my shopping cart. Even if you’ve planned your meals for the week and have a list of items with you, more often than not the temptations are overwhelming and can cause you to spend money on unneeded items.
Use Loyalty Cards
A wonderful way to save money on food is to use loyalty cards at the check out. Commonly, you’ll get a discount on various items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also gain points which can 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 necessary that you devote some time examining the prices to ensure you get the best value for money. You don’t always have to buy the ‘no frills’ brands, but supermarkets will often have sales on a number of items so it’s useful to do your research. In addition to this, whenever there’s a sale on a certain item, it’s always a good idea to stock up when the prices are at their lowest. You’ll likewise want to review the prices of your most frequently used foods at different grocery stores to identify which items are less costly. It might be the case where you travel to two supermarkets when embarking on 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 such as fruit 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 uncover 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 have the chance to save $20 a week on groceries, which is very possible, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! On the contrary, 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 situation. If this is the case, phone Bankruptcy Experts Adelaide on 1300 795 575 or visit their website for additional information: www.bankruptcyexpertsadelaide.com.au