Sometimes we can be in such a hurry to get our shopping on the way home from work or after a busy day looking after children that we don’t think about how much we are spending. Why not take some time out and sit down and take a look at your monthly grocery shopping bill and see if you could save money on groceries by following our top tips.
Go to your local market
One way to beat the supermarkets – that is, to eat healthily for less – is to use your local market stall. Lower overheads should mean lower prices. At the time of writing, cherries were on sale in Asda for £2.99 for 400g, the equivalent at the local market was going for just over £1.
Buy own-brand goods
The own brand loaf of bread or tin of beans can often be better than the big name brands and a lot cheaper. Remember the own brand goods are often made in the same factory or bakery as the big name brands.
Make a shopping list
Food shopping is a major part of our household expenditure. Tesco takes £1 in every £8 spent by UK Shoppers. Remember that there are other shops that offer the same products at cheaper prices. The products available from stores such as Aldi and Lidl offer good products, ok the brand names can sometimes be unfamiliar but give them a try as you can be pleasantly surprised at the quality and the money you save.
Bin the ready meals
Don’t buy ready meals. TV shows such as Ready Steady Cook illustrate how easy it is to knock up a good meal using a range of different ingredients. Ready meals may be convenient, but preparing your own food saves money. Use your cook books to identify the varied meals that can be made using all sorts of different ingredients. The meals may be healthier as you won’t be giving your family processed food. You’ll save money and be healthier.
The internet is taking over everything, who would have thought 15 or 20 years ago that online grocery shopping would be so popular. Grocery shopping online is getting better all the time and there are plenty of comparison websites to help find the best prices for bigger items. Give it a try, it’s always good getting a break from going out to the shops.