Every week I spend a hefty chunk of change on groceries to feed my family of five.
I used to spend 30% more.
Not anymore. And the money I save goes directly to the Team Perry enjoyment fund.
Save 30% On Your Grocery Bill This Week
Grocery shopping is a significant expense in most family budgets but there are lots of ways to make it more affordable and to save money.
Here are my top tips on how to save 30% on your grocery bill this week:
Plan Smart For Savings
- Make a meal plan. Meal planning allows you to make a shopping list based on what you already have and what you need to purchase to cook the plan. So you don’t end up buying things you don’t need.
- Add some plant based/vegetarian recipes to your repertoire. Meat and fish are generally the most expensive part of cooking a meal.
- Clear out your fridge, freezer and cupboards regularly. By keeping these organized you know exactly what you have, you'll have less food waste and you won’t buy more of the same products unnecessarily.
Shop Smart For Savings
- Hit the store with your shopping list in hand and stick to it.
- Shop once a week. The more times you hit the store, the more you will spend.
- Go shopping on a full stomach and not at the end of a very long, stressful day. You will be more focused and make
goodchoices when you’re not tired and hungry.
- Only buy what you need. Items on sale or 3-for-2 deals are only good if you can actually use the items.
- Always check the price per KG on items – sometimes the smaller items are better value. Most supermarkets have the price per KG listed in small writing on the price docket so give it a look over before assuming the bigger item is cheaper.
- Don’t be a brand snob and overlook the cheaper store brands. The own brands are often made by the same brand companies, just packaged with a different label.
- Buy your dried food items in bulk (like pasta, rice, legumes and canned items). Generally, these goods are cheaper bought in bulk but again, check the price per KG to confirm.
- Avoid pre-cut fruits and vegetables – they are more expensive than whole items and not as fresh.
Savings In The Kitchen
- Save your veggie scraps in a Ziploc bag and keep them in the freezer…when the bag is full make veggie stock. It’ll taste nicer than store bought stock, save you money and won’t have any unpronounceable ingredients in it.
- Give frozen fruit and vegetables a go – they’re often cheaper than buying fresh and hold much longer in your freezer. I make my lovely Chia Seed Jam from frozen berries.
- Fresh herbs and greens spoil quickly so store them in your fridge with a piece of kitchen paper to absorb the excess moisture. Or freeze them and other fruit and vegetables before they go bad.
- Buy a chicken each week – once cooked it can be turned into several meals, used for sandwiches and lunch and the carcass used for chicken stock.
If you only do one thing on this list – write a meal plan – this will not only help you save 30% on your grocery bill this week but it will help you be more organised in the kitchen, more focused in the grocery store and cut down on food waste.
Co-Founder Pepper Hustle
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