Here are my Top 10 Tips for Saving on Supermarket Shopping:
1. Meal planning
This is the number one way to save money on your supermarket shopping. Firstly, check what you already have at home in your fridge, freezer and cupboards and then check what is on special offer at your local supermarket. Next step is to write out your meals for the week and then make your shopping list for anything you need to buy. I do this every week and it saves me a small fortune!
2. Budget and shop weekly
Budget your supermarket shopping weekly, not monthly. Some months will have 5 weeks and others have 4 weeks so for that reason I have a weekly food budget rather than monthly. Because of the short shelf life of a lot of food, we need to go supermarket shopping frequently but you shouldn’t go any more often than once a week. Trust me, you can wait a week.
3. Know your prices
You should have a good idea of the prices of goods you buy often and where you can buy things at better prices. For example, I know that my local butcher offers much better value and quality of meat and chicken than my local supermarket. Don’t get caught out by ‘special offers’ that sound like a good deal, but when you actually look at the prices you’re not getting much of a saving but now you have a lot of product to use that you otherwise wouldn’t have bought.
4. Know when to buy own brand
Through trial and error you will learn what own brand products are just as good as (or even better) than branded products. Some of my favourites include: milk, greek yogurt, tinned tomatoes, tinned chickpeas and kidney beans, butter, cream, sour cream, cleaning products, dishwasher tablets, laundry detergent and kitchen roll.
5. Don’t buy pre-prepared vegetables except…
Pre-prepared vegetables are more expensive then fresh and they have lots of extra packaging that is bad for the environment. Prepare your own vegetables and save yourself a tonne of money. The exception to this rule is frozen vegetables. Frozen vegetables often come at a great price, are super convenient and they retain a high level of nutrient content after freezing.
6. Check price per KG or price per Litre
Where there are multiple sizes to choose from and you are unsure what size product is best value, look at the price per KG or the price per Litre and choose the one that’s the best value only if you are confident you will use the product.
7. Stock up on cheap, nutritious staples
Fill up your presses with nutritious staples that have a long shelf life and are great value such as oats, wholegrain rice, beans, lentils, wholegrain pasta, eggs, frozen fruit and vegetables.
8. Meatless Mondays
Meat can be quite a costly part of the typical diet. Cut down on costs by going ‘meat-free’ one day a week. Experiment with different vegetarian recipe options instead.
9. Avoid waste
Avoid wasting food you have bought by using it up before it’s “best before” date or find ways of storing it. For example bread, burger buns and pita bread can all be frozen. You can also cook meals and freeze them – this will also save you a lot of time on busy days.
10. Know when to buy in bulk
If you find something on great offer, buy in bulk if you know it’s something you will use. For example mince meat is extremely versatile, it can be used in lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and chilli con carne. Once cooked, these meals can all be frozen as well. Be wary of sell by dates when buying in bulk and don’t overspend on your budget just because something is on special offer.
One more tip for good luck. In supermarkets that have the “scan as you shop” facilities, always use it. It’s a great way to keep track of your spending as you go around the supermarket and avoid going over your budget.
What are your top tips for keeping costs down on supermarket shopping? I’d love to hear from you. For more helpful tips be sure to subscribe to our email list. If you enjoyed this post you might also like to read this.