When money is tight I find one of the simplest ways to reduce our budget is to look at our spending at the supermarket. I have written about how to save on groceries before and today I am sharing more ways to reduce your food costs.
To see my other posts on ways to save click here.
Stop buying soft drink
I’m not a huge fan of fizzy drink, but my Husband is and I do like to have some on hand to offer to guests. However when I am trying to lower our spending this is one of the things I cut first from our grocery list as it’s definitely not something we really need.
Switch to home brand products where you can
If I was only shopping and cooking for myself, there’s a good chance I would buy home brand everything. My Husband can be incredibly fussy about the things he will and won’t eat so I know this one can be tricky. My suggestion is to give home brand products a go, work out the ones you can live with and go from there. I find essentials such as oats, flour and sugar are a great place to start.
Check the unit price
Sometimes I look at the price of something compared to other products around it and think, ‘Wow! That’s a bargain!’. But when I stop and compare the unit prices (which most supermarkets now conveniently put on the price tag, you just need to look closely) I realise I’m paying more in the end. Be careful not to fall into this trap.
Only buy what your family will eat
It’s easy to convince myself buying something that’s half price is a great idea because I’m saving money, but if no-one will actually eat it I’m just wasting money. Sure it’s great to try new things, but when money is tight I stick to things I know my family will eat, and save more adventurous meals for less frugal weeks, that way it’s not such a huge issue if everyone hates it.
This is another work in progress in my house. My husband is not a fan of anything vegetarian (that he knows of) but a can of lentils added to bolognese or a curry, is an easy, cheap way to bulk out a meal and make it stretch a little further. If like me you have a picky eater trying adding in small amounts to begin with and increasing it over time. What my husband doesn’t know won’t kill him. Unless he’s reading this, in which case, I’m sorry baby.
So there are 5 more ways to reduce your food costs. I’d love to hear your tips for saving money at the supermarket in the comments below.
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