Food and grocery bills are among the biggest weekly or monthly outlays you have when you run a family. So, saving money and potentially cutting down on waste at the same time is important. In addition, if you can save money on your grocery shopping and food bill, you will have a little extra money to do with what you please. So, just how do you go about saving money, and what should you be doing?
Create Meal Plans for the Week Ahead
It may sound boring, and there may be times when you feel like something different (to what you have planned for) but, when you think about how many spurs of the moment meal choices cost you, you may well just see the benefit of planning for the week ahead. When you plan ahead, you can buy the ingredients that you know that you will use. You will spend less time in the stores which means you will have fewer opportunities to spend a little bit more money
Have a Budget and Create a Shopping List
Food costs seem to be ever-increasing; however, even though costs are rising, it is still important that you put together and implement a food budget for the week and month ahead. When you have a budget in advance of your shopping trip, you can then ensure that you will not spend more than you can afford. As well as having a budget, you also need to put together a shopping list. Without a shopping list, you will struggle to remember everything you need to buy, and you may even end up buying items that you don’t need (or that you even have in the cupboard).
Make Use of Discount Sites, Codes, and Coupons
Saving money where you can is important. Using discount websites and taking advantage of codes and coupons will ensure that you always get good value for money. For example, if you are doing your grocery shopping online, then just take a few minutes to see if you can find a postmates.com promo code that you can use towards your order. Just having a few minutes browsing for codes may feel tedious, but it could save you a chunk of cash in the long run.
Buy in Bulk
Not everything you buy in bulk is cheaper, but many items that you can get in multipacks, such as toilet rolls, often work out cheaper to buy in bulk. If you have the space within your home to buy items that you use both regularly and infrequently in bulk, then go for it, as the savings will soon become noticeable.
Batch Cook and Freeze
Once you have all of your groceries, you then have to focus on batch cooking and freezing portions as you go along. When you batch cook meals, you always ensure that you have something in the freezer to warm up. Having food to warm up or reheat always takes away the urge or the drive to just go out and buy food, or possibly even takeout.