With food prices always rising it’s not easy to stick to a reasonable budget. Here are 5 ways to save more money on groceries.
5 ways to save more money on groceries
We usually have a monthly grocery budget of around £200 for most months. Sometimes if we have some big savings goals we will cut it down to £100-£150 for our family of four. We are planning our second family holiday of 2018 so I’m currently looking to reduce our grocery budget for the next few months to help pay towards it.
We include toiletries and household cleaning items in our monthly grocery budget so I will be including them here.
Use cashback apps and coupons
I love using cashback apps to get heavily discounted and free food! Most months we end up with some kind of free snacks, cereals, bread, or sweet treats. We’ve had heavily discounted pasta, spaghetti, tinned foods and so much more using these apps regularly.
My favourite cashback apps for freebies include:
Shop from your kitchen first
Before buying any more food check your cupboards, pantry, fridge and freezer for anything you already have in. If you have a lot in already then maybe write it all down to make an inventory. From this inventory you may find that you have enough food for several meals already. This not only saves you money on groceries but it also reduces food waste.
Meal plan and write a list
Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries. You can make a meal plan using up any food you already have in and make a list for any addition ingredients you may need. If you feel stuck for meal ideas then check out these meal plans for some inspo.
Hit up the yellow sticker aisle
Whenever I see yellow stickered or reduced items in the supermarket I always take a closer look. Most reduced foods are fine to eat over the following few days or keep well in the freezer. If I ever see a reduced loaf of bread then I tend to pick one up for the freezer and take out what I need each time to defrost it. There are some misconceptions about reduced food but it’s one of my top tips for saving money on groceries.
Try shopping online
If you feel like you struggle to stick to your shopping list whilst in store then you could try shopping online. Most supermarkets offer a big discount on your first shop with them online.
Or you could even try a discounted food website like Approved Food. Approved food offer food at a huge discount as it is usually nearing or past it’s best before or sell by date. (Food past these dates is still safe to eat unlike food past its ‘use by’ date.)