You know I love a good money saving tip, so when the lovely people behind the #CNUKFrugalFoodie campaign got in touch to see if I wanted to get involved, I instantly thought that I could share my top 10 ways to save money on groceries with you. We all have to eat and drink, so this is something that can help each and every one of you save money that can go towards something else or into your savings account.
10 ways to save money on groceries (1-5)
1. It is the most obvious tip out there, but make a meal plan for the week and stick to it. Check what you’ve got in your cupboards and only buy what you need to make up your weekly meals. Doing one main-shop prevents you from popping into the supermarket for top-up shops and impulse buying.
2. Drop expensive brands and try out your supermarket’s own-brand or no-name products. Oftentimes, they’re made by your favourite brand and just come a different label or cheaper packing.
3. Convenience foods come with a hefty price tag. Buy the ingredients you need and cook yourself. You’ll save money and eat a healthier and tastier meal.
4. Instead of buying bottled water for lunch boxes or to drink during the day, try tap water instead. It’s much cheaper than bottled water and you can spruce it up with cordials, fruit or add fizz with a SodaStream. The initial purchase might set you back a little but you’ll make your money back in no time.
5. A guaranteed way to save money on groceries is to eat fruit and veg that are in season and, if possible, from your own country. Seasonal produce is not only cheaper but also fresher and more nutritious. Download an overview of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Free printable seasonal vegetables – save money on groceries
Free printable seasonal fruit – save money on groceries
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6. 2-for-1 offers are only a good deal if you really need two items and actually use them. Don’t buy anything you don’t need just because you think you’re making a bargain.
7. Make your own spice mixes or marinades out of herbs and spices you already have at home. Ready-made mixes are less elaborate than you think and you most likely have all ingredients on hand. Mixing them yourself will easily save you a couple of pounds.
8. Most supermarkets have some sort of loyalty scheme for their customers. Collect points, rewards and get offers via email or post. Simply call the customer service hotlines for Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons to get your bonus card sent to you.
9. Don’t feel weird using coupons. If you’ve got a coupon for items you need, use them.
10. Depending on the time you go shopping, you can make some real savings. Supermarkets reduce perfectly fine food items by up to 75%, so check out the best times to make savings on groceries in your favourite supermarket and make your money go further.
How do you save money on groceries? Share your top tips in the comments below!
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