*This is a collaborative post.
Over the last couple of months we’ve had a serious look at the way we spend our money, put together a strict budget and started to work out where we can cut back. We’ve noticed in the past few years our grocery costs slowly creeping up- whether thats due to inflation, our family growing or us becoming a little complacent, but we’ve made some changes to the way we shop for our food and in turn saved ourselves money and time. Of course there are plenty of ways you can save money on your family food shop but here’s eight of our top tips, from meal planning to microwave recipes and buying in bulk.
- MEAL PLAN- Plan evening meals for the following week or two, not only does this help us know what to put on our shopping list but also saves us a lot of precious time throughout the week.
- SHOPPING LIST- Write a shopping list and stick to it. This is definitely difficult at times but we’ve found shopping online helps us stick to a strict list- mainly because the littles don’t get the opportunity to trick us into adding something extra to the trolley and don’t shop on an empty stomach!!
- SHOP LOCAL- Visit, explore and buy at your local greengrocers, butchers and farm shops, sometimes you might be surprised by the bargains you can find in your local stores.
- RESEARCH- Before completing your weekly/fortnightly/monthly shop, do your research, check which supermarkets have the best deals as they are constantly changing. We’ve found online shopping particularly useful for this.
- POINTS- If you are shopping at a supermarket don’t forget your points card. Almost every supermarket now has their own points system and it is well worth grabbing a free points card. The points DO add up and can make huge savings to future shopping trips.
- BUY BULK, SPLIT & FREEZE- Buy in bulk then split and store/ freeze in portion sizes. Buying in bulk is usually cheaper and storing in portion sizes can make meal time cooking a little quicker and easier.
- LEFTOVERS- Freeze or refrigerate leftovers to use for lunch, dinner or to bulk up a meal on another day.
- SAY NO TO TAKEAWAYS- I won’t lie, this used to be one of our (expensive) weak spots. So, if like us you find yourself feeling a little lazy of an evening and you just can’t stand the thought of standing over a stove for what feels like an age then try a few of our new tricks. Reheat one of those frozen meals from above, look up a quick and simple microwave recipe using items you already have in the cupboards/ fridge or always make sure you have something easy in the freezer like a pizza or healthy ready meal.
I’d love to know if you have any other tips on how you keep your food costs down, we’re still adapting to our new budget and although its not been completely plain sailing we’re definitely seeing some really positive changes. Please let me know if you’d like to read more posts about the financial changes we’ve been making, I know its still a little bit of a ‘taboo’ subject but I also know a lot of us struggle with our monies and that I believe its something we should be talking about more.