How to Save Money when Food Shopping
Posted 18/05/2016 by BrightHouse Team
Feeding the family can sometimes feel like an endless black hole for money, but it’s not exactly something that can be avoided. However, with a bit of know-how and planning you can take control of grocery spending and save money.
Try our simple money-saving tips and see if you can cut down your weekly food shopping bill.
Plan your meals
This is one of the best things you can do to save money. Try to make it a habit that on the weekend, or before the day you go shopping, you plan out the next week’s meals. It’s good to get the kids involved in this too, so they can help with ideas of what to have. If you tend to shop a couple of times a week, just plan enough meals to last you a few days.
Planning ahead means you can go to the supermarket armed with a list of exactly what you need, so you’re less likely to pick up things you don’t.
Don’t go shopping hungry
Most of us have heard this advice at one time or another, but it’s definitely worth taking. Resisting those bakery smells and the delights of the deli counter is much easier when your stomach isn’t trying to override your brain.
Know where to look
Supermarkets are designed to encourage you to buy more expensive products, and buy things you didn’t go in for. It’s no accident that you have to walk past many other shelves filled with goodies to get to basics like milk and bread.
Premium products are also placed at eye level so they catch your attention. Focus more on the bottom shelves where you’ll tend to find cheaper versions of the same thing. This doesn’t mean you have to buy the budget version of everything, but saving on items where the quality will be the same however fancy or plain the packaging means you can afford the better products when quality really matters.
Don’t be fooled by special offers
Yet again, supermarkets aren’t on your side: special offers are usually designed to make you buy more of something than you actually need, and can even work out more expensive in the end. Always check the price per weight on the shelf labels before taking advantage of an offer.
If you do go for a multi-buy offer, just remember that you are actually spending more in order to save, so make sure you’re able to use or store the extra so it doesn’t go to waste.
Change where you shop
Where you go for your groceries often just depends on what’s nearest or most convenient to you, but if you have choice changing where you shop can really help you save money. Places like Aldi and Lidl are less recognised but often provide similar or even better quality than the big names at much lower prices. If you’ve never tried an alternative supermarket near you, give it a go and see if you can save.
If you’re lucky enough to live near a good indoor market, these are also good places to scout for cheaper fresh produce, meat, and fish, and give you more control over how much you buy.