Hi, I’m Emma and I blog over at From Aldi To Harrods. Like most families, apart from a mortgage or rent, groceries is our biggest spent every month. It is something I am actively trying to work on reducing, as well as reducing the amount of food that gets thrown away. Here are 5 things you could do to help to reduce your grocery budget.
1 – Meal Plan
Meal planning is one of the easiest ways to dramatically cut down your grocery spend. Start off by checking what you already have in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. Then use these to help you come up with meals for the following week. You might be surprised by the meals you can make from ingredients you already have, or you only need to buy one or two items to complete the meal. You can then use your meal plan to create your shopping list.
If you don’t want to commit to knowing exactly what you want to eat for dinner next Tuesday then you could just come up with 7 meals for the coming week and then pick and choose which of those meals to have. Meal planning doesn’t have to be boring or rigid!
2 – Take a list
Along with never going shopping when you’re hungry (or even thirsty), taking a list with you will help to keep your grocery spending in check. Instead of scouring the aisles for items you might need and buying items you already have at home, you can head straight for the items you know you need, resisting temptation along the way. It will also help you to remember everything you need to buy, so you don’t have to resort to a more expensive convenience store later in the week.
3 – Use cashback apps
CheckoutSmart and Clicksnap are two great apps that give you cashback on your normal grocery shopping – and you can even get some items for free. Simply check the app before you go shopping and if you purchase an item with an offer in the app then upload your shopping receipt to get money back.
4 – Buy yellow labelled food
Throughout the day, supermarkets will reduce the price of food that has a short shelf life – often going out of date that day or the following day. Lots of these items can be frozen or stored properly meaning that they will last a bit longer. I have had some great success getting items for as little as 10p. Do check what you are buying though – 10p mouldy fruit is not a bargain!
5 – Try shopping in Lidl or Aldi
Back in the day, I remember when Aldi was impossible to shop at. The store was full of German branded food and the selection of fresh produce was appalling. Now there are plenty of brand names as well as their own brand items available for sale, with fresh fruit and vegetables too! Did you know that Aldi only sell 100% British meat and dairy? Give it a try, you might be shocked at how much you can save.
These 5 tips will help you to save money on your weekly groceries. If you have any other tips then please feel free to share them!