Saving On Your Groceries: 10 Tips & Tricks

Grocery Shopping: An unavoidable task for many, but could it also be a golden opportunity to save smartly? For those keen on keeping both their fridge and wallet well-stocked, I've compiled the ultimate guide. These ten saving tips will not only make grocery shopping more cost-effective but also more enjoyable.

Do you have a clear understanding of what you spend on groceries each month? Or are you the type to dive into the supermarket without keeping track? Chances are, you’re spending more than necessary. But how do you break this habit? Start by mapping out your expenses. This can be easily done through your online banking, where you can track your supermarket expenses at places like Morrisons and Aldi. Shocked by the total amount? Read on!

1. Shop Once A Week

It might seem like a minor adjustment, but shopping once a week can work wonders for your budget. It reduces the temptation to make impulse purchases and aids in meal planning. This also minimizes the risk of buying more than you can consume within a week, leading to an overstuffed pantry and food wastage. Plus, it saves time for more enjoyable activities! Pro tip: avoid doing your weekly groceries when you’re hungry ;).

2. Plan Your Meals And Make A List

A good start is half the battle. By planning your meals for the upcoming week, you’ll only buy what you truly need. Check what you already have at home beforehand and adjust your meal plan accordingly. Stick to your list. This allows you to navigate the supermarket purposefully and avoid impulsively buying unnecessary items. You can also create your list digitally, for example in the Tesco app, or use convenient grocery list apps like Bring! that you can share with your partner.

3. Keep An Eye On Offers

A straightforward tip for saving on groceries, but regularly checking offers can significantly reduce your spending. This can also be done online, for instance, on TrustDeals. Many supermarkets regularly have products on offer, special deals, or other discounts. Adjust your meal planning based on what’s on offer and you might discover new favourites!

4. Stock Up On Non-Perishables

To ensure your purchases last longer, consider buying non-perishable items when possible. The long shelf life of these products means you can store them for weeks or months before consumption. Usually, non-perishables remain good in your pantry or fridge for months to years before they reach their expiration date.

5. Strategically Choose Fresh, Perishable Products

Before you know it, you might waste money on fresh produce that you end up throwing away. If you buy too many fresh vegetables, meats, dairy, or other quickly perishable items, it’s like throwing your money away. Think carefully and only buy fresh products you’re sure to consume on time. If you do have too much, consider freezing them to extend their shelf life. Purchasing frozen fruits and vegetables is also a great way to get your vitamins without spending a fortune! This article offers more tips on keeping perishable products fresh for as long as possible.

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6. Avoid Buying Too Many Prepared Items

Supermarkets are well aware that time is precious for many people. The aisles are filled with convenient options like bags of pre-cut vegetables, ready-made meatballs, or fresh pasta from the chiller. Although these products are incredibly practical, their prices are significantly higher than if you were to cut vegetables yourself or opt for pasta that requires a bit more time on the stove.

7. Consider Bulk Buys

Larger packs often offer better value. Whether it’s yoghurt, toilet paper, or rice, “bulk buys” are usually the better deal. This is because more packaging and processing generally lead to higher prices. Just make sure you’ll use the larger amounts before they spoil.

8. Opt For Store Brands

For nearly every product, there are budget-friendly and less budget-friendly variants. Choosing the store brand can save you a pound or so for some products. Of course, you don’t need to do this for your favourite cola that no other brand can match. But for items like rice, pasta, or certain sauces, you probably won’t taste a difference. Give it a try.

9. Subscribe To A Meal Box Service

Subscribing to meal box services like Mindful Chef or HelloFresh not only offers convenience but also a source of culinary inspiration. These services can help save money in the long run by reducing food waste. You receive just the right amount of ingredients needed for each meal, preventing unused items from ending up in the bin. You can often choose budget-friendly meals too! Read our article on the benefits of a meal box for more information!

10. Try A Grocery Delivery Service

Consider shopping online through services like London Grocery or Gorillas. You get an immediate overview of your expenses, can easily add or remove items from your basket, and avoid unpleasant surprises at the checkout. The convenience of home delivery also saves you time and effort.

This guide marks your first step towards a life where you shop smartly, eat delightfully, and still save money for other pleasures. Let your kitchen burst with possibilities and your wallet with savings. With this, we conclude our culinary saving journey, but your adventure is just beginning. Good luck!

Florence Stroink