When it comes to expenses one of the highest has to be the weekly shop, but there are ways to try and keep it down as long as you are up for not just grabbing and instead taking some time and thinking about what it is you are picking up each week.
Here are five simple tips that might just make it easier to save a few pennies each week.
1. Don't buy pre-packed fruit.
Sometimes it seems easier to just pick up that bag of bananas that cost a couple of pounds, but have you ever thought what they might cost if you put them on the scales and weighed them like the un-bagged bananas? Well quite likely they would cost a lot less than the amount you are forking out – so put down pre-packed fruit and veg, grab some lose and save yourself a pretty penny over the year.
2. When it comes to basics by own brand.
We all have basics we need in the cupboard such as flour, rice, oils, herbs, sugars, tins and well you get the point, have you even thought about switching down a brand in them or cutting right back to the basic option? You might be surprised that you just don't notice the different in taste and by just how much it saves you.
3. Stick to your list.
We all know the temptations of slipping off the list, but remember the list is made up of the things you need; so before you go throwing in those extra bits, stop and think – do I really need this? Or is it just costing me more than I might otherwise be spending?
4. Meal plan.
Think about what you are going to eat for the week and just buy for that, it will both save on waste food and save you money, because you won't be throwing away so much.
5. Think about freezing.
There are many foods you can freeze these days and if you're worried about something going out of date or you happen to see a great cut on in the quick sell section, pop it in the freezer and save it for a day when you can use it.
And an extra one for luck, don't forget to look around for coupons, there are many places that allow you to find coupons online, for instance you check out some Sephora printable coupons right here and of course keep your eyes open while shopping, as sometimes you can even find them on the edge of shelves.
So there are five of my top tips, but what are yours?