You’re paying more these days, not only on fuel and transport, but also at the grocery stores/markets. Blame it on rising oil prices or the weak naira. is a significant expense for most families and households, what it all means is that you need to find smart ways to save.
These expert tips and strategies can help you slash your grocery costs without sacrificing nutrition.
Plan Before You Shop
Saving money on food begins before you even set foot inside the market/shop or visit that online store.
- Write a shopping list
Keep a writing pad and pen in the kitchen, or keep your phone handy to type up a shopping list. During the week, add to the list whenever you think of things you need. Don’t forget to take it along with you when you go shopping – and remember, only buy what’s on your list.
- Plan your meals
Plan your meals in advance and add the ingredients to your shopping list. Create a menu based around items you already have in the pantry so you are using the food you’ve already got and buying fewer items.
- Leave the kids at home
Ask a friend to mind your children and go shopping without them if you can. You’ll have more time to compare prices and won’t have to bother about them pointing at different items for you to buy.
- Don’t shop hungry
Eat a meal or snack before you go food shopping. When you are not hungry, you tend to buy less food.
- Set a budget and use cash only
Set a budget for your shopping trip, withdraw the cash from an ATM and only take this money with you when you go shopping. Don’t take any other cash or cards with you so you can only spend what you have.
Save money at the supermarket
Armed with your budget and your shopping list, now it’s time to stretch your grocery money as far as you can. Here are a few ideas to save money while shopping:
- Buy in bulk
Buy in bulk when things are cheaper. Cut larger portions of meat into smaller packages so you only use what you need and keep the others frozen to use later on.
- Utilize leftovers
Cook a large batch of meat during the week and freeze them to use as quick and easy leftovers. Add your leftovers to your meal plan so you don’t forget they are there.
- Shop less often
If you usually go shopping each week, try shopping once a fortnight. This will help get you into the habit of using all the food in your pantry before you buy more.
- Buy generic
Swap brand names for generic products where you can. You probably won’t taste the difference, but the cost savings can really add up.
- Check expiry dates
Check the ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates on food so you don’t waste money buying things you won’t use before you have to throw them away.
- Cut down on junk food
There’s nothing wrong with an occasional treat, but putting chocolates, biscuits, chips and soft drinks into your shopping trolley each week will have a impact on your wallet as well as your waistline.
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