Just when you thought adulting couldn’t get any more stressful…
Slowly but surely, the cost of living has been increasing over the years (and we use the term ‘slowly but surely’ VERY loosely… it’s more like ‘speedily and scarily’ in some cases).
Throw in random bursts of environmental impacts and times can get very tough at the weekly supermarket shop. So, how can you keep affording something as essential as food without resorting to two-minute noodles every day?!
Step one: take a big breath in, aaand out. It’s going to be okay.
Step two: let’s take a look at some tips for saving with the weekly food bill!
Track your spending
Budgeting is a great way to ensure your money is going to all the right places, and that you’re not going to end up short at the register.
If you’re not sure how to approach budgeting, a good way to start is by tracking your spending. By jotting down your purchases over time, you will end up with a clear picture of where your money is going and potentially what you need to cut back on to be able to afford more essential items (like food!).
On that note, we have a gorgeous selection of Budget Planners to help you — because who said tracking your spending should be complicated?!
Change up where you shop
Instead of the supermarket giants being your first stop, take a look at the likes of Aldi, farmers markets and other local gems.
You’ll find that a LOT of everyday foods are cheaper, just as good for you and locally grown/sourced.
Plan your meals on a weekly basis
Plain and simple, impulse buying can be very expensive. Which is why rocking up to the store with a game plan is smart AND will help you save!
The easiest way to form that game plan is by putting pen to paper. Write out your weekly meal plan before a shop to determine what you’ll eat each day (for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), and then a shopping list for the ingredients you need.
Cook things that give you leftovers
One-off meals are one way to rack up a big bill.
Though if you cook dishes that make delicious leftovers (like pasta bake or risotto), you’ll be buying fewer ingredients while still giving your family home cooked meals throughout the week.
Put the pre-cut packets down
Celery might be easier to grab for a snack when it’s pre-cut, but it’s not easier on your wallet.
Buying anything that’s pre-packaged or pre-cut is substantially more expensive than buying it whole (that cheeky celery, a bag of pre-cut pumpkin etc.).
Don’t get married to brands
Big brands often have the price tag to match!
If you begin opting for food from the ‘home brand’ selection, you’ll be paying less for essentially the same item. But of course you can always check the ingredients if you’re not sure it’s a better swap for you!
We hope your next trip to the store is less scary and more delicious!!