Over the recent holiday period I overspent and over ate, as I think a lot of people tend to do at this time of year. I find one of the simplest ways to get back on track is to look at our spending at the supermarket. So today I am sharing 5 ways to save on groceries that I am working on this month to try and get our budget back on track after the craziness that was Christmas. To see my other posts on ways to save click here.
- Stop buying soft drink. Over Christmas I like to keep beverages on hand for guests. I’m not a huge fan of fizzy drink, but I do find if it’s there I will have some. The easiest way to solve this is to not buy it in the first place. Now that the holidays are over I’m back to drinking water which is much healthier for me and saves us money.
- Switch to no brand products where you can. My husband can be incredibly fussy about some of the things he will and won’t eat so I know this one can be tricky. I find essentials such as oats, flour and sugar are a great place to start.
- Check the unit price. Sometimes I look at the price of something compared to other products around it and think, ‘Wow! That’s a bargain!’. But when I stop and compare the unit prices (which most supermarkets now kindly put on the price tag, you just need to look closely) I realise I’m paying more in the end. Be careful not to fall into this trap.
- Only buy what your family will eat. It’s easy to convince myself buying something that’s half price is a great idea because I’m saving money, but if no-one will actually eat it I’m just wasting money.
- Go meatless. This is another work in progress in my house. My husband is not a fan of anything vegetarian (that he knows of) but a can of lentils added to bolognese or a curry, is an easy, cheap way to bulk out a meal and make it stretch a little further. If like me you have a picky eater trying adding in small amounts to begin with and increasing it over time. What my husband doesn’t know won’t kill him. Unless he’s reading this, in which case, I’m sorry baby.
So there are my 5 ways to save on groceries. I’d love to hear your tips in the comments below.
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