The weekly food shop is something that you can’t do without.
Some spending can be stopped, such as expensive TV contracts or catalogue shopping, however; everyone needs to eat! So while you do need to buy food regularly, try to make sure that you’re still saving money where you can.
- Shop around. Shops vary depending on where you are in the country. Some discount supermarkets may look cheap, but if the foods you buy aren’t there, or you get distracted by a bargain, then it may not be the best place for your family. Try visiting a few supermarkets or even fresh food markets or online retailers to see where your family saves the most. Try online discount codes from Netvouchercodes.co.uk to save even more money.
- Set a realistic budget. Know what you need and stick to it. A bit of variation makes life interesting, but buying perishables for more meals than you can eat in a week, even if it looks good and is cheap, just won’t save the pennies. Try to include other expenses that may not be weekly, such as toilet rolls, nappies and cleaning products. You may even find that once a month you do an additional shop for these products, as the cheapest place, even for name brands, may not be the cheapest for food.
- Cook at home. Yes, this may mean that your food shop creeps up slightly; however, by preparing the food yourself you’ll save money on eating out. Consider cutting down on takeaways and restaurants and making some of those meals yourself. You’ll gain a new skill and not only save money but probably end up feeling healthier too!
So stick to these guidelines, and you never know, you may even begin to enjoy the challenge of seeing your food bill go down each week!