Over the past month or so, I have noticed our grocery bills have been slowly rising. To be fair, we have been celebrating a few birthdays and special occasions, so I had been expecting to exceed our budget a little bit some weeks. I decided I needed to rein our spending back in, before it got out of hand and so I thought I would share a few of the ways I save money on groceries.
To check out some of my other posts that include ideas for ways to save click here.
If you read my last ways to save post you will know I’m a huge fan of meal planning. Making sure you know what you’re going to eat each night for the coming week saves you from making random purchases and hoping for the best. To find out more about how I meal plan each week check out this post.
Write a shopping list (and remember to take it)
It’s all well and good to have a meal plan but you also need to know what you need to pull that plan together. Check your pantry and fridge for what you need for the coming week before you head to the supermarket and try to stick to it. I like to use a list app on my phone to make sure there’s no chance of me leaving it at home when I go to the shops.
When I realised that our grocery bills were slowly sneaking up despite my best efforts, and stopped to consider why, I realised a big part of it was thanks to those sneaky impulse buys. You know those things that somehow find their way into your trolley when your husband thinks you’re not looking. Or that item that your kid just HAD to have. Or that chocolate that just looks too tempting to resist. Shopping online has almost completely eliminated them. Even once I factor in delivery fees, we are definitely coming out ahead. Shopping online allows you to take your time and check over everything in your cart before you commit to ordering. That way you can decide whether or not it’s something you really need and eliminate those pesky impulse buys.
Buy in Season
I know this idea won’t work for everyone (especially if your family are as picky as mine about eating anything that resembles a plant) but it is much cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables that are in season than those that aren’t. They are usually fresher too as they haven’t been sitting in storage during transport from wherever they have come from. As a rule of thumb, fruit and vegetables that are in season should cost no more than $4 per kilo. Side note: If you have any hints or tricks for getting your family to eat more vegetables I’d love to hear them.
I mentioned Cash Rewards in my ways to make extra money post. At the start of each week I purchase a Woolworths gift card through Cash Rewards. I spend both our grocery and petrol money, as the gift cards can also be used at participating Caltex petrol stations. At the end of the week, if there’s anything left over on the card, I can use it the next week, or save it for a week when we need something extra or to just spend a little less. Sign up for Cash Rewards by clicking here.
These are just a few of the ways I save money on groceries. What’s your best tip for saving money at the supermarket?