Make a list and budget
Plan your meals and only go to the shops two times a week. Get everything on the list and then add in extras if money is left.
Go through the weekly junk mail. Find what’s on special..
Empty the Fridge first
Always use everything up in the fridge before you shop again.
Follow two Rules
Never ever buy junk food. Grow your own vegetables.
Watch the Clock
Go shopping after a certain time when there are more specials on.
Start from Scratch
Make all meals from scratch. Meal prep and buy staples in bulk. Freeze meats when you purchase them and keep them to meal sizes to save wastage.
Don’t buy Processed
Buy fresh (or frozen) vegies and cook your own soups and stews.
Milk, sauce and cheese taste the same in generic brands and are much cheaper.
Chop it Up
On shopping day, chop up veggies and divide into zip seal bags and freeze. There will be no wastage this way.
Mark down Bays
What’s that per 100g?
Always check the price per 100g or 100ml. Whatever it may be and compare each brand.
You’d be surprised that something that’s on “special”, ends up being a lot more expensive than another brand or size.
Buy in Bulk
Share with a friend
Go to the markets and buy fruit and vegies and share with friends and neighbours.
Buy what’s on special. It’s a great way to save and get variety in what you’re eating.
Write it down
Try and have a written list and stick to it. That way you are not buying things you don’t really need.
Don’t shop when you’re hungry!!
Check what is in the fridge and pantry and note what you can use for meals ahead.
Write a list based on what you can add to your stock on hand to extend and vary your meals.
Be diligent and scan your rewards card
This allows you to meal plan and see how much you are paying for it.
Never Shop on a Set Day
Shop when the fridge is empty. On set days you buy items and double up on them.
Don’t take the kids with you!
Don’t Waste it
One ingredient ie. sour cream or cream does not have to be tossed after using it for one recipe. Make a different meal the next day which also requires the same ingredients.
You don’t have to always shop in the one place. Your favourite grocery store may not have the cheapest meat or fruit. Go to 2 or 3 grocery stores if need be. You will save lots if you are lucky enough to live next to a few like I do.
You don’t have to eat meat everyday. This will also save you money. Try pasta instead.
Reduced to Clear
Reduced to clear meat can be taken home and put straight into your freezer. Also bread and other bakery items.
Stop buying things you don’t need
Stop stocking your trolley with lollies and soft drink. This will save you plenty of money.
Grow your own
Grow a veggie patch.
Don’t go too often
Only go once a week. You will save on fuel and not be tempted to buy a coffee from your favourite cafe every time you go.
Make your own cleaners.
Bake as much as possible from scratch.
Buy tinned food
This is not only cost effective, but you can also keep cans of food in your pantry for months.
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