Grocery shopping can be expensive, especially when you have a family to keep in mind too. So we’ve included below our top 10 tips to save money when food shopping.
1) Make a shopping list – Keep a notepad close to the fridge and as you run out of things throughout the week, make a list. And more importantly STICK TO THE LIST!
2) Plan your meals in advance – Before doing a shop plan out what food you will need for the upcoming week. Have you enough snacks for lunch boxes? What do you need for the dinners?
3) Online shopping – Shopping online is a great way to compare prices and products. You can do it in the evening when you are relaxed and the kids are in bed. You can keep an eye on how much your shop is costing as you go along and it also prevents your little ones from sneaking treats into the trolley when you have your back turned.
4) Buy in bulk –Stock up on the things that have a long shelf life like pasta, rice, dried and tinned goods.
5) Switch your card for cash. Leave your card at home when you do a food shop and go with the amount of cash you had budgeted. This way you are forced to look for bargains and think about what you are buying.
6) Avoid shopping when you are hungry. Plan your shop after a meal. This way you will be less likely to buy lots of extra bits you don’t need and a snack to keep you satisfied while you are shopping!
7) Buy seasonal produce – fresh fruit and vegetables can be expensive especially if they are out of season. Check out the website www.bestinseason.ie to see what is in season at the time.
8) Go to a supermarket that price matches so that you can keep an eye on what you are spending and also find the best value for money.
9) Don’t be tempted by different offers such as “buy 1 get 1 free” or “buy 2 and get the third half price”. These are obviously great if you need the product but if it’s not on your list keep pushing that trolley!
10) If you are shopping for the dinner that evening, check out the different sell by dates on the products. There are usually great offers on later in the evening for products that are about to go off.