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21 tricks to drastically slash your grocery bill
A thrifty food blogger has shared her easy tips and tricks to drastically slash your grocery bills.
- Meal planning – The best way to save money on your grocery bill is to plan out a week’s worth of meals before putting together your shopping list.
- Shop weekly – It’s difficult to plan further ahead than a week as specials change and fruit and veg go off. Stick to a seven-day roster to avoid doing “top up” shops during the week, which will cost you more over time.
- Buy frozen – Frozen veg, chicken and fish are just as good for you as fresh – and it’s cheaper, too.
- Make your own lunch – Leftovers make great lunches so it's worth cooking up extra at dinner time.
- Grow your own food – If you can try to grow your own fruit and veg. Even if it’s a little herb garden, it will save you money on expensive packets of fresh herbs.
- Reduce food waste – Make a note of what foods you’re throwing away and stop buying it!
- Eat vegetarian – Vegetarian meals are cheaper, healthier and usually quicker to cook than meat.
- Look at your bank account – Do you have a realistic picture of just how much you’re spending on food? Make sure you know exactly how much you're spending on food.
- Cook extra portions of food – Make extra portions of foods like mashed potato, rice, pasta, and chicken to use for lunches or other dinners later in the week.
- Pay attention to prices – Remember, supermarkets change their prices daily so keep an eye for changes in prices, even your staple foods.
- Check out markets – Visit your local fruit and veg market for cheaper groceries.
- Go tinned – Tinned foods last for months and costs a fraction of the price of their fresh counterparts.
- Avoid offers – Unless you usually buy the products, don’t get sucked into buying “specials”, which are often expensive branded products.
- Set a maximum budget – And stick to it.
- Switch brands – Try switching a few products every week to see if it makes a dent on your budget.
- Stick to your shopping list – Only buy things on your shopping list (which is based on your meal plan).
- Change your supermarket – Compare the cost of your trolley with an online store to see if you could be saving money if you shopped elsewhere.
- Compare price per kilo – Look for the price per kilo to compare products so you know what represents the best value for money.
- Buy loose veg – Loose fruit and vegetables is often cheaper than wrapped products. You can also buy the actual quantity you need and use less plastic.
- Freeze your food – Cooking in batches is a great way to save time and money. Freeze fresh meat like chicken breast and mince and defrost when you need them.
- Buy cheaper cuts of meat – A slow cooker is a great investment to make tougher cuts of meat, usually the cheaper ones, into delicious dishes.
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