8 Ways To Save Money On Groceries

                                                                                                                                                  *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.

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    Thelma Booth
    2nd February 2018 at 7:20 am

    Keep it up,you have very good ideas xxx

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    Heather Keet
    5th February 2018 at 9:03 am

    My local grocery store offers online shopping. I just order what I need and no extras, then they load it into my car. I’m saving almost $200 each month because I don’t make impulse purchases anymore. And when I checkout online, they still let me apply paper coupons and digital savings! Plus, if my total seems high I can take things off my order and it’s not embarrassing like standing at the cashier in the store. #bigpinklink

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    Rachel Hawkins (@ourrachblogs)
    5th February 2018 at 9:59 am

    Some brilliant tips here. I am a nightmare when it comes to saving money and spending too much! bigpinklink

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    5th February 2018 at 11:58 am

    I find menu planning such a huge money saver. I am not good at deal hunting but Hubby is reigning me in and has reduced my budget to force me to save even more money…. It is hard but these tips are exactly what I find helps. And he is the worst for getting a take away which is not only expensive but throws off my menu plan so I find food gets wasted.

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    5th February 2018 at 12:01 pm

    We find that keeping quick frozen meals helps. otherwise the takeaway thoughts take over! #bigpinklink

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    Harry's Honest Mummy
    5th February 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Great tips Hannah. I’d also add, never go shopping when you are hungry. Controversially I would also say avoid the whoops aisle. If it wasn’t on your list beforehand (the list you have used to meal plan that week) then you didn’t want it. Unless you can freeze it, walk away. #bigpinklink

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    5th February 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Great tips here. Markets can be a great place to find cheap fruit and veg, especially those £1 bowl deals. It won’t last as long as supermarket fruit and veg, but it will still be worth the saving and often so much tastier because it hasn’t been frozen in transit. I also recommend shopping around for brands, rather than just relying on your favourite supermarket for everything. MySupermarket is a great app which will compare products and let you know which supermarket currently has it cheapest. If I am going to bulk buy a favourite brand, or expensive ingredient such a buoillion veg stock, I always check the app first. Also if your supermarket has a World Food aisle you can often find spices and other more exotic ingredients that British brands would charge more for at a cheaper price. Sorry. I could go on and on on money saving grocery tips… Loved the post. #bigpinklink

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    5th February 2018 at 2:45 pm

    We’ve been doing the same. I’ve got an app for my phone where I enter each and every expenditure. Seeing how much I’ve spent during the week – and what on – has been a real eye opener! I also check our online banking regularly to make sure we’re on track. Definitely interested in more posts.

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    5th February 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Great suggestions! My mummy always does a shopping list but struggles a bit with meal plans as she sometimes skips meals! Naughty mummy! #BigPinkLink x

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    5th February 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Great ideas. I try the list always x have pinned for future reading #bigpinklink

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    Kate on thin ice (@kateonthinice)
    5th February 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Powerful tips that work. I had to get very firm with my family recently as food was piling up and going off. Now I plan more and see a real difference. #BigPinkLink

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    6th February 2018 at 1:50 am

    I used to buy takeaway but it is so expensive especially with 5 of us, plus it feels so unhealthy too. Great tips #bigpinklink

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    6th February 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Really great ideas, we started shopping at Aldi for the bulk of our food and other groceries and it has made a HUGE difference to our monthly spend! We still have to pop to Tesco on the way home for a few branded items that we haven’t yet found an acceptable substitute for but the savings are worth a little bit of inconvenience! #bigpinklink

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    6th February 2018 at 5:14 pm

    My goal this year is to get my finances straightened out and I always fall on the dining out and takeaways… Sometimes I’m just so tired from a long day at work and kids that the last thing I want to do is THINK what to cook, let alone cook. I really need to plan properly. #bigpinklink

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    6th February 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Definitely agree on the buying in bulk and freezing. We have started doing this and definitely have noticed we’re shopping much less #bigpinklink

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    7th February 2018 at 12:13 am

    Takeaways are our downfall too- we need to find a healthy quick alternative when there is nothing in the fridge and we can’t face cooking!

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    7th February 2018 at 10:39 am

    Excellent suggestions here. We’ve gotten better at meal planning and then online shopping and find that really helps. An Aldi opening near us for top up shops has also made a difference – I can’t believe how cheap it is! Choosing seasonal produce can help keep costs down. #bigpinklink

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    Louise Pink Pear Bear
    7th February 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I would definitely like to know more about your meal planning. I intend to do this every single week and it just doesn’t happen! We resort to takeaways or rubbishy expensive convenience meals from the local shop far more then I would like! Thanks for co-hosting lovely! #bigpinklink

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    The Queen of Collage
    10th February 2018 at 6:18 pm

    These are good tips. Also check out when the reductions are. #bigpinklink

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    The Pramshed
    11th February 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Great tips here! We try and do a bulk food shop every other week, and I’m now trying to make it last longer by bulk cooking and using the freezer and cobbling together meals. My weak spot is popping to the shops in the week, and before you know it another £20 has been spent. Claire x #BigPinkLink

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