Providing food for your family is necessary and the costs of doing this can vary largely depending on your mood, financial position, and whether you’re hungry when you go to the supermarket! But the reality is that food is a large expense for a lot of families, and seeking out ways to save at the supermarket can add up to a great deal of money over time. You might even be able to take the family on a vacation with all the cash you can save on groceries throughout the year if you spend your money sensibly. We all wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a short guide on some useful tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s usual for people to go to the supermarket 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 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 considerably cheaper than others, so if you really intend to save money, pick meals that are low cost but fulfilling. You can discover a lot of cheap meal menus on the web. It’s also a smart idea to have a paper and pen in the kitchen so once you run out of a particular ingredient, write it down straight away so you remember the next time you’re at the grocery store.
Don’t Visit The Supermarket When You’re Hungry!
It’s vital that you always eat some food prior to heading to the supermarket for your weekly shopping. If you’ve ever been to the supermarket when you’re hungry, you’ll know what I mean! Personally, I start drooling when I see foods that I like but don’t really need and consequently, they end up in my shopping cart. Even if you’ve planned your meals for the week and have a checklist with you, sometimes the temptations are overwhelming and can cause you to spend additional money on unnecessary items.
Use Loyalty Cards
A marvelous way to save money on groceries is to use loyalty cards at the check out. Usually, you’ll get a discount on various items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also get points which can be used either by buying a gift card or various other featured items. In either case, you’ll be saving money that would otherwise be going down the drain!
There are many substitutes for the same type of food so it’s critical that you spend some time comparing the prices to ensure you get the best value for money. You don’t always have to buy the ‘no frills’ products, but supermarkets will generally have sales on various items so it’s necessary to do your homework. Along with this, whenever there’s a sale on a particular item, it’s always a good idea to stock up when the prices are at their lowest. You’ll also want to compare the prices of your most frequently used foods at different supermarkets to find out which items are more affordable. It might be the case where you travel to two grocery stores when carrying out your weekly shopping expedition, but the price savings are well worth it.
Shop At The End Of The Day
I know it sounds hard especially after a long day at the office, but shopping at night is the best time to encounter discounts. Perishable goods such as 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 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 recommendations are really just scratching the surface. If you have the opportunity to save $20 a week on food, which is very realistic, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! On the contrary, if you’ve tried all of the above tips and are still struggling to find enough money, it may be best to seek professional advice regarding your financial position. If this is the case, speak with Bankruptcy Experts Darwin on 1300 795 575 or visit their website for additional information: www.bankruptcyexpertsdarwin.com.au