Savvy Monday: Save on Food and Cut Your Food Bill in Half
Dear Readers! Today I decided to add a new category to the site: Savvy Mondays. From now on I will post some handy savvy tips every Monday where I’ll dig up some savings you can make on Mondays only for you to have a great start every week!
Food is expensive. Even if you don’t eat out every day, your food bill will be more than noticeable. Add to that the fact that the price of food keeps going up while your income doesn’t, and you’ll see why you should start saving on food now. Even if you don’t really have to, you can still cut your food bill a great deal without having to compromise your diet. If anything, my tips will help you eat healthier for less. So, here we go!
1. Plan Your Meals
This pre-shopping task is not only fun (you get to play a famous chef), but also very helpful. Go through recipes, plan your meals, and write down the exact quantities you need for every meal. Add up and there you have your shopping list. Take this list when you go to the supermarket, buy everything you need and avoid impulse buying. This will not only help you save on food, but you will also get to try a lot of tasty recipes and actually start eating better and wasting less.
2. Have a Meal Before Going Food Shopping
Funny as this may sound, but having something to eat before you enter the supermarket will help you save. When we are hungry, we tend to buy more food than we need. So you will save a lot just by having a sandwich before you go for your big foodshop.
3. Compare Prices
Most people tend to shop at one supermarket. For one, they are used to their brands, plus there are all those loyalty points. Well, who said you can’t have more than one loyalty card? While it does make sense to do most of your shopping at one particular supermarket, you should keep an eye open. Go to MySupermarket and compare prices between UK’s most popular supermarkets. This will help you decide where to do your next shop.
4. Ditch Brands
Modern life is all about brands. Brand this, brand that. But who needs brands when one actually needs quality? Most supermarkets have their own brands that are just as good (if not better) than third party brands. I particularly like Tesco Finest – it’s great quality and it often works out better than other brands and helps me save on my food shopping.
5. Shop on Sunday
Most people are used to shopping on Saturday, but shopping on Sunday is a much better idea. For a start, the crowds won’t be there. And if you go to your local market to buy your fruit and veg, watch how prices will be slashed towards the end of the market day. A lot of supermarkets will also have a discount fruit and veg corner where you can get heavily discounted stuff. These discounts don’t work too well for fragile things like lettuce, but they work great for carrots and other roots.
6. Don’t Get Pulled In
Discounts are great and we all love them. But sometimes (OK, quite often) supermarkets get sneaky and position something as a discount when in reality it’s not. Do your calculations before grabbing a discounted item or a buy-one-get-one-free bundle. You’ll find that a lot of these discounts don’t work as well as some non-discounted items.
7. Keep Food Fresh
Another great way to save on food is to cut the waste. Make the most of your fridge and freezer, maximize the use of space, and cook efficiently. There are a lot of recipes (especially winter recipes) that freeze well. So make sure you don’t throw away leftovers that can be frozen and used on a night when you don’t fancy cooking.
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