In this post, I’ll be writing about a few tips I followed in the past. Those tips helped me to save money and stop spending hundreds of pounds on groceries.
Let’s get started:
Let’s get started:
1-Identify your budget:
Never go to a supermarket without specify an approximate budget for your grocery, otherwise you will be shocked at the cashier and embarrassed to return some of your items. Also, find a store that goes with your budget and does good offers. It wouldn’t be a brilliant idea to shop at Marks & Spencer when you got only £20 in your pocket! Maybe Marks & Spencer just around the corner and much closer than your regular store, but I prefer to walk 20 or 30 minutes to get everything I need rather than getting a few of what on my list.
2- Don’t be too lazy:
What I mean by this is to rely on packaged food or “ready to go” kind of meals. For example, I see lots of people buying a ready chopped salad that comes in a plastic bag. Those people pay around £2 for a salad that lasts only for one day, or maybe two if they’re singles. If we count how much money they spent in a week if they consumed one bag for two days, it would be around £8. On the other hand, you can buy the same salad ingredients for £6 that remain more than a week. It might be easier and quick to buy “ready to go” salads or any meal, but if you see the bigger view, you will realize that you are losing lots of money.
3- Go with a full stomach:
It’s a psychological issue that majority of people unaware of. Humans have tendency to crave huge portion of food when they are hungry. What that does, it makes you go off your list and start loading tons of food in your basket unconsciously. Therefore, avoid going to the supermarket when you’re hungry, especially after work or in early morning. Those times are the peak time for an empty stomach.
4- Avoid taking your kids:
I know how much kids love supermarkets, and they become other creatures when they step in. Simply, they see supermarket as “heaven on earth” cause it stacked with loads of candies, chocolates, sugar, .. etc. They will keep ask continuously for more and more, until you have to drop some of what on your list to respond to their requests.
To solve this out, you can do two things: either you specify one day in every week where you take them to the supermarket and they can buy whatever they want. The other choice is to speak to them before you go in. Tell them that they are old enough to be responsible for their own money, give them a small amount of money and ask them to buy anything they want. Also, aware them that you won’t be on charge for any extra charges. This way, they will learn how to be independent and responsible for their own expenses. Also, it will be a good chance for you to spend time with your kids teaching them how to do grocery within their budget range.
5- Plan your meals:
Having a list of what you’re going to have for lunch and dinner, gives you an outlook what to buy for the week. This way, you will evade purchasing unnecessary food products. Also, it helps you to consume every single food you got in your fridge before they get expired.
When you’re writing your cooking schedule, be smart and consider that you will always have leftovers. You’re not going to cook and do groceries for every single day. Therefore, it would be beneficial if you planned to have one day for heavy cooking, and the next day for lighter one. For example, today you will do spaghetti with salad and roasted chicken, so tomorrow you will have some of the leftovers with fresh made side dishes. This will save your money and more ingredients. If you cook daily, your fridge will be stacked with dozens of leftover containers. This leads to gain more weight, excessive food waste, and money misspent.
6- Check your fridge:
Make this a habit to check your fridge before leaving home. No one wants to buy something they already have. So this helps you to update your grocery list and saves time for you, instead of going back and forth to the supermarket. Also, it gives you a view of what you might have for lunch if you haven’t already planned.
I hope this post could help you a bit to manage your grocery budget. If you guys have your own ways to save up money, please write in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you.
See you soon!