Seeing how my grocery bill is steadily increasing since I’ve started working from home, yesterday I set out to find some neat tips on how to save money on food shopping. Well I’m glad to report that I have found some amazing tips and (of course) I would like to share them with my readers here!
Since September 2013, I’ve been working from home and as expected; I’m doing a lot more eating at home now that I’m always here. Yes it’s much cheaper than to eat out but my grocery bill has more than doubled these months that I have been working full time from home. I have to keep it in check!
These are some tips and ideas I’m going to be testing out and implementing, maybe you give them a go too?
How To Save Money On Food Shopping
Drink More Water
I don’t know how things are in the US but in Europe 12 litres of water cost as the same as 2 litres of Coca Cola. If that’s the situation over in the US, I don’t need to tell you how drinking only water at home can be beneficial to your wallet and your health.
Cook Cheap Meals
For instance, vegetables are cheaper than meat. Try to include some more veggies and less meat. I suggest you even try “veggie-days”.
Also it’s good remember that with cheap meals you spend less on groceries! DUHHH!
You can find some cheap tasty meal recipes here!
Learn to Grow
If you have a back yard invest some time learning about home gardening and start growing your own veggies! Unfortunately I don’t have that luxury but I did turn an old hamster cage tray into a mini-garden and I now have a constant supply of fresh herbs! 🙂
Stock Up On Sales
If you see an item on sale that you use a lot, I suggest you stock up! Here are some great examples on things you can stock up on (food and not food):
- Frozen Meat
- Frozen Vegetables
- Canned Foods with long shelf life
- Wine / Beer / Alcohol Beverages
also look out for sales on …
- Cleaning products
Basically all the stuff that can be stored for long periods of time.
Go Food Shopping After a Meal
Never ever go food shopping while on an empty stomach. Going into a store hungry will make you go for things you don’t really need to buy. I have tested this theory multiple times and I always find myself spending 10%-30% less when I go right after a meal!
Frequent The Stores Less
The least you go shopping, the better! Try to get all you monthly needs in one trip if possible (or maybe 2). It will help save you time and money by not being “exposed” to impulse buying and by having to commute to and from the stores. You will also be more inclined to stick to your list.
Plan Your Meals & Keep To A List
Are you familiar with SOS? Shiny Object Syndrome? This is the syndrome that would make you buy things you don’t need just because of the creative marketing behind that brand.
Prepare your meals before going food shopping, list your ingredients at home and just stick with it! It’s not that hard.
Money > Brand Loyalty
Speaking of brands…. Don’t be brand loyal! Explore other options with your purchases. Being brand loyal can cost you money by blindingly spending more than you have to just because your favourite brand is behind it. A very dangerous habit! The same with me and Apple products *sigh* !
Check Amazon Fresh
Did you know you can buy things from Amazon Fresh and have them freshly delivered to your house the next day? There are numerous ways you can save money with Amazon and this is one of them.
Stop The Waste!
This is the number one rule when saving money on food shopping: Do Not Waste! You can apply any tactic you want to save money but if there is waste, they won’t be much effective.
If you find yourself wasting a lot of food, cook less or freeze more. Don’t throw food away. It’s a frugal sin sin and a total waste of money and resources
Cook In Bulk
Cooking food in bulk for say a whole week or a whole month is highly beneficial as it saves both time and money. I am trying out this tactic out and so far it has been great! I don’t ever have to worry about what to cook and it also saves me money by “stopping” me ordering a take out when I just can’t be bothered to cook 🙂
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