After the recent pbloggers chat about budgeting and saving money I have felt a little inspired to put together a list of my top tips to save some pennies on the food shopping each week, as a family of 5 now with children that are never full the food shopping can get a little out of hand, so I am always looking to save a few quid here and there the main things I do to keep us in budget are;
Meal planning will save you a ton each week it really will you’ll waste alot less and feel so much more organised I used to hate it trying to come up with a meal every evening and I almost always needed to nip to the shop for one or two extra bits. I’m going to write a post next week on how I do our meal planning so keep an eye out for that!
Its all well and good having your meals for the week planned but you also need to make a list, if I go in the supermarket without making a list I’ll just impulse buy and usually forget the majority of the items that we actually need which then means more trips out to get these bits and more spending.
Some people get really het up about brands, but really all your paying for is the packaging own brand is just as good try switching one or two items a week to own brand you’ll find decent alternatives and save some pennies!
We’ve switched to Aldi completely now for all our food its saved so much and I’ve been really impressed with the food I would actually rather shop there budget or no budget.
cooking from scratch is usually a lot tastier even mine and I’m a terrible cook and it can save you money, when you first start cooking from scratch the initial herbs and spices you may need to purchase can seem expensive but once you have them they are going to last a really long time.
Now I for one really like meat I couldn’t go veggie in a million years but its just so pricey nowadays so to cut the cost of our food bill I like to have one or two meals a week where we don’t have meat so maybe we’ll have a vegetable pasta bake, stir fry maybe an omelette all really easy dishes and still yum!
And my last buy by no means least tip for saving some money on the food bill would be batch cooking I absolutely love using my slow cooker particularly now its getting a bit cooler and making a big dishes, I add loads of veg and lentils to bulk it out and then whatevers left goes in the fridge for a lunch or freezer for another dinner its a great way to save time and money!
So there we have my top tips for saving some money on the food shopping if you have any more to add please let me know in the comments.