By Angela Bekiaris
Stop spending all your hard-earned cash in the grocery store!
Tired of spending all your money on groceries? So are we. So we went looking for some helpful tips to get us saving a little every time we need to stock up the fridge and pantry. And you’ll be happy to know, it is possible.
Plan and prep your meals: This might sound time-consuming and boring, but it’s the answer to not only a lower bill each month, but lower calories, too. By planning your meals in advance, you can save money by mixing up ingredients and not wasting any. Plus, you won’t end up ordering take out after a long, hard day’s work when you have no time for the shops, or no idea what to make in such a short period of time.
Try out new stores: While many items carry the same, or very similar, price in different stores, look out for specials, bulk options or alternatives which might be slightly cheaper — a little here and there can go a long way.
Shop with a list: And stick to that list. Forget the junk aisles and buy only the necessities — your pocket, and your hips will thank you!
Never shop hungry: This will also keep you away from the junk aisle, or those delicious smelling baked goods which just came out of the oven.
Try to leave the kids at home: Shopping with kids can be a nightmare. Not only do they want everything they see, but when you’re in a hurry you’ll throw anything into the trolley to keep those tantrums at bay, right? We know that all too well!
Forget brand loyalty: Just like generic medicine does the trick, so does the no-name brand washing powder. This isn’t Buckingham Palace or the Hollywood Hills — no one will know. And no one cares either.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you do overspend one week. Just find a way to cut down the next. And yes, you’re allowed a treat or two, but keep it in your budget (wink, wink).