Top Tips For Spending Less On Food

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Whether you an avid takeaway consumer or you just on your weekly shop, it’s surprising how much money people can save by cutting back or making swaps. Most people will save
an arm and a leg by cooking at home, rather than ringing for takeaways or splashing out in restaurants, but you should allow yourself a treat once in a while too.

Food bills are usually the biggest expense for a family after covering their rent or mortgage, so it’s a great place to start saving money. By being clever with money and using tools such as coupons to cut shopping costs you can allow your self a takeaway or a trip to chicken restaurants once in a while without breaking the budget.

Check out these top tip for spending less on food.

Only Buy What You Need

It’s a good idea to create a list before shopping, try having a look at your freezer, fridge and kitchen cupboards to see what you’ve already got. Then have a think about meals based on the contents of what you have in, often you will find that you only need one more ingredient to complete a meal. It can save you a lot of money just buying what you need rather than restocking everything. Another good tip is to use up all your half used products first, so route through these first.

Be Strict
Something as simple as a shopping list can make shopping a lot easier and a much cheaper process. If you have a list to hand and make a rule not to deviate away from it you will not only cut the time spent in the supermarket down but also save money. It will most definitely save on wasted food, as extra impulse purchase often are the items that get left. If you’re someone who has to do a lot of top-up shops a list will help you to minimise this as you will normally get more of what you need.

Get savvy in the supermarket

One of the biggest cost-cutting methods to use is to switch supermarkets or to collect coupons. In fact, there are people who make use of coupons that well that they have been known to get a whole garage full of items for only a fraction of the cost. Try shifting from big brands to the supermarkets own brand and value ranges, they are often made in the same factories and are sold much much cheaper.  It’s got to be worth a try anyway – you can always make the swap back if you or your family don’t like the change.

Lunch Boxes

Lunch out most definitely adds up, in fact, it’s known to be one of the biggest drains on a family food budget. Whether it’s a quick trip to the sandwich cart in the morning or popping to the shop on lunch, as adults we are the biggest culprits for unnecessary food purchases. Try making a change to prepacked lunches. You can also make changes with family days out by packing a picnic. It’s a brilliant way to get the kids involved too.

Do you have any other top tips for spending less on food? Please share them in the comments section below.

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