How to curb money-hungry grocery bills
Day-to-day life is expensive and any saving can help put you on a better financial footing. Saving money on groceries can help free up some money to spend on things you really need:
- Eat before you shop. Shopping on a hungry tummy is a recipe for disaster.
- Keep your fridge and cupboards tidy. If everything is jumbled together, chances are you won’t know what you already have, and run the risk of making unnecessary purchases.
- Keep an eye on the expiry dates. This gives you more time to consume the food, which means less goes to waste.
- Shop with a calculator. Buying in bulk isn’t always cheaper so do your sums.
- Choose a hand basket instead of a trolley for quick trips. There is less room to give in to temptation.
- Eat with the seasons. The most nutritious, and usually the cheapest foods, are those that are fresh and in season.
- Don’t shop in a hurry and preferably not with kids. No further explanation required!
- Grow your own vegetables. They don’t take up much space and they save on your pocket.
- Get to know your neighbours. Suggest buying certain foods in bulk and sharing them. It is a great way to get to know your community and cut costs while you are at it.