Is a grocery shop even complete if you don’t come home with a bunch of items you didn’t need? Items that will only sit in your cupboard for months at a time before they will come in handy….or not at all. Isn’t it mind blowing how you can never finish a bag of lettuce before its expiry date but we can bet you bottom dollar you’ll be able to finish that bucket of Maltesers in one night that’s not even going to expire until 2022!! Us humans just can’t be trusted in a grocery shop sometimes.
So we set out with a goal to provide you some tips on how you can grocery shop and save your hard earned money at the same time. No more buying things you don’t need aka no more hangry purchases and no more buying items that will sit in your cupboard for months at a time. We’ve got your back with 8 simple steps you can adopt whilst doing your next grocery shop.
- Always plan your meals for the week to ensure that you have no wastage with your fresh produce. You may need to plan your meals around your fresh produce e.g. if one meal doesn’t use up all your broccoli, then you’ll need to plan another meal that can incorporate your leftover broccoli. It’s all about your value for money.
- Once you’ve planned your meals, make a list of everything that you need to buy for the week. Take that list to your grocery shop and do not be tempted by anything that is not on your list. We repeat, DO NOT be tempted by anything that is not on your list. You must back yourself and your self-control on this as it ain’t easy.
- When you’re doing your grocery shop, whip your phone calculator out and start adding up as you go. By doing this, you will soon see if you’re blowing your budget or not. You will subconsciously start making better decisions on what is a must have and what can be culled from your shopping trolley.
- Buy your staples when they’re on special e.g. Buy two get one free. This includes items like your tins of chickpeas or diced tomatoes etc. Buying in bulk usually saves money especially on items you use frequently.
- Buy fresh produce from your local farmers market. Not only are you supporting local (YAY) but it’s tends to be much cheaper and cost effective. Plus, the social vibe at farmer’s markets is so much better than going to a chain grocery shop. If you don’t have time to do both, sometimes the grocery shops sell bundles of mis-shaped vegetables which come at a cheaper price so make sure you check them out also.
- Buy whole food not the pre-cut alternatives. We are all suckers for the pre-cut alternatives sometimes as life is so much easier when all you have to do is take it out of the bag. Pre-cut alternatives come at an expense though, so with that in mind, buy a bag of carrots and peel and cut them yourselves instead.
- Never go food shopping when you’re hungry. Unless you want to be the proud owner of aisle number 3, we suggest you do not go food shopping when you’re hungry. It’s a thing, we always buy more food then we need when we’re hungry.
- Don’t go down the aisles that aren’t on your list. By doing this you will have less temptation and mind battles on if you need it or not just because it’s has an exciting little tag saying special or reduced.