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All joking aside, here at the Insiders we won’t shy away from the very real reasons that people set up their own business, want to rocket profits or get ahead in their career. We all need money. Money is not the be all and end all but none of us can take love and exposure to the supermarket and swap it for food.
Here Utility Warehouse Rep, Author and Savvy Saver Caroline Beament, shares some top tips for making the profits / salary go further. Thanks Caroline!
7 SMART WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES
Everything is increasing in price, including food. How much is a pack of pasta now and a loaf of bread!!! It’s shocking!! The use of Food Banks is on the rise and they are also struggling too with donations, so if you can help your local Food Bank, please do.
Saving money on groceries is an effective way to free up your budget for other essential expenses or to increase your savings. Here are seven smart strategies to help you cut costs on your grocery shopping:
- Plan Your Meals and Make a Shopping List: Before heading to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. Create a shopping list based on the ingredients you need for those meals. Stick to your list while shopping to avoid impulse purchases that can add unnecessary expenses.
- Buy in Bulk for Non-Perishable Items: When possible, purchase non-perishable items in bulk. Items like rice, pasta, canned goods, and cleaning supplies often come at a lower cost when bought in larger quantities. Just make sure it’s something you regularly use to avoid wastage.
- Look for Sales and Discounts: Keep an eye on weekly flyers, digital coupons, and promotions from grocery stores. Take advantage of discounts on items you regularly consume. Buying sale items in bulk can also help you save money in the long run.
- Shop Seasonal and Local Produce: Seasonal fruits and vegetables are often fresher and more affordable. Visit local farmer’s markets or farm stands to find fresh produce at reasonable prices. Supporting local growers not only saves money but also promotes sustainability.
- Compare Prices and Consider Store Brands: Don’t be afraid to compare prices between different stores. Some supermarkets may offer better deals on certain items. Additionally, consider trying store brands, as they are often cheaper than name brands and can be of comparable quality.
- Limit Convenience and Processed Foods: Pre-cut and pre-packaged foods tend to be more expensive than their whole counterparts. Opt for whole vegetables, fruits, and meats that you can prepare and portion yourself. Cooking from scratch is not only cost-effective but also healthier.
- Avoid Shopping When Hungry: Shopping on an empty stomach can lead to impulsive purchases and overbuying. Eat a meal or have a snack before heading to the grocery store to stick to your list and avoid unnecessary expenses.
Bonus Tip: Use Cashback and Rewards Programs: If your grocery store offers a cashback or rewards program, sign up for it. Accumulate points or earn cashback on your purchases, and redeem them for discounts or future savings.
Saving money on groceries is achievable with some planning and smart choices. By meal planning, buying in bulk, taking advantage of sales, and being mindful of your purchases, you can significantly reduce your grocery expenses. Remember, every pound saved adds up over time and can make a positive impact on your overall financial health.
As always if you’d like to connect, buy my new book, The Savvy Saver, or if in the UK save money on your bills and earn an extra income then you can do so here: http://www.themoneysavingmum.uk
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