How to save money with your weekly supermarket shop
Below are some tips on how to save money with your weekly supermarket shop.
Make a list and stick to it
Before you head to the supermarket make a list of the items you need and stick to it. Impulse purchases can add up quickly and blow your budget.
Do take the time to compare prices of different brands and products. Look for sales and discounts, and take advantage of them. Try not to shop for everything in the same supermarket. There could be major offers at another supermarket that week.
Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk can save you money in the long run. Items like rice, pasta, and cereal are often cheaper when purchased in bulk. Sometimes you can find BOGOF on these items.
Fruits and vegetables that are in season are usually cheaper than those that are out of season. Plus, they taste better and are better for you! Also check out the local markets for good quality fruit and veg – which can be much cheaper than the local supermarket.
Plan your meals
Planning your meals in advance can help you avoid buying unnecessary items. Plan your meals based on what’s on sale that week and what’s in season.
Shop at discount stores
Discount stores often have lower prices than regular supermarkets. Consider shopping at these stores for non-perishable items like cleaning supplies and toiletries.
Avoid pre-packaged and processed foods
Pre-packaged and processed foods are often more expensive than buying whole foods and preparing them yourself. Consider cooking meals from scratch to save money.
Don’t shop when you’re hungry
Shopping when you’re hungry can lead to impulse buying and overspending. Try to shop on a full stomach to avoid this.
Using cash instead of a credit or debit card can help you stick to your budget. When you use cash, you can physically see how much money you have left and it’s harder to overspend.
Shop later in the day
For the best bargains ie the yellow labels try to go shopping later in the day. Ideally one hour before closing time or if you are in the 24 hour supermarket then around 7pm. Supermarkets have to get rid of stock that cannot be resold. All of the food that is going to be out of date will be heavily discounted. It may not be exactly what you want but think outside the box of the meal you could make. You could freeze the items as well.
By following these tips, you can save money at the supermarket each week and stretch your budget further. Remember, it’s all about being mindful of your spending and planning ahead. With a little bit of effort, you can easily reduce your grocery bill and start saving money today.