I have been a little domestic for nearly a month now, and already the idea of food shopping has worn thin. Food is expensive and it doesn’t how frugal you are, it will never change the price for fresh foods and healthy alternatives.
I wouldn’t say I am the most money conscious person, however since shopping for myself I see it as almost a challenge to try and get as much as I can for my money. Over the last couple of weeks I have managed to trim my shop down from £100 to £69 and I don’t feel I’ve comprised as all.
Here’s how I did it.
Make a menu for the week.
Every week I plan ahead for the meals to come, buying just what I need. I make sure what I’m having from one night to the next will support if needed to cut down waste. I don’t like chucking food and I hate opening food and not using all in consecutive days.
If there’s a half price deal, I buy two.
It may sound silly, but why not buy two for the price of one. If I know its something that will be handy in the cupboards or something I regularly reach for, I stock up when the price is right.
When I find meat at a good price, I stock up and bulk freeze. It may sound a hassle to defrost to cook before hand, but freezing fresh meat at a good price can save you pennies in the long run. You can always take out of freezer the night before, ready for the evening meal the following day.
Make extra for future meals.
Even when there is two I make enough for four. If all is not eaten I just freeze. Its perfect if my boyfriend is eating alone or I want something substantial for lunch.
Don’t be shy of the own brands.
More and more people are open to buying non branded products and its hard to see why it took some so long. I always buy home brands when I can. Cereal, crisps, cereal bars, biscuits, pasta sauces and juice are all perfect examples of a own brand that can taste as good as the real deal.
Swapping your brands can drop pounds off your shopping bill weekly.
From fresh to frozen.
Don’t be afraid to g your fresh fruit and veg from he frozen isle. I love to make my smoothies, and have simple veg on the side of meals, but the time frame on fresh picks put me off. Swapping from Fresh to frozen not only gives you a greater length of life on your food but saves money too.
On my days off I tend to mooch in other supermarkets to see what they have to offer. Usually one supermarket will have one deal and another will have another. They swap and exchange deals every week so if its not on a deal in one, it might be worth checking the others. Don’t be afraid to hit pound stores either.
What do you think? Do you shop around for your food? Maybe you have some tips I should try? Let me know and comment below.