If you’re living alone, your grocery bill probably won’t be that high. But if you have lots of mouths to feed, you will start to feel the pinch. This is problematic when you factor all of your other bills into the equation, so to save money, start to think frugally.
In this article, we are going to give you a few suggestions on how to reduce your grocery bill.
#1: Don’t always go for big-name brands
We buy foods from popular brands because they are tried and tested. If we like them and our kids like them, we tend to choose these over supermarket-own products. But here’s the thing. As you can see here, some store brands are made by name brands. And they are cheaper to buy too! So, think about this the next time you’re at the supermarket and gravitate towards those products that won’t break the bank.
#2: Grow your own foods
If you have space outdoors, you could grow your own food produce. Potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, rhubarb, and strawberries are on the list of foods you could grow effortlessly. They will also be healthier to eat, as not every fruit or vegetable item in your store will have been grown organically.
So, don’t pay over the odds for foods you could grow at home, as you will save money when creating your homemade recipes. If your kids have a hand in growing them, too, they might also start to eat healthier!
#3: Learn how to cook
This is related to the last point, as if you are able to grow your own ingredients, you will have an incentive to create your own recipes.
So, if you aren’t a great cook, pick up some ideas online, perhaps by looking at a few YouTube tutorials or by reading any recipes you can find.
You could make your own soups by blending your veggies. Or you could make your own cakes and pies if you are growing fruit in your garden. If you planted a cherry tree, you could whip up this cherry cheesecake recipe, for example.
You will save lots of money if you can cook, as you wouldn’t need to buy expensive (and unhealthy) microwave meals, and you could cut down on takeaways.
#4: Do your grocery shop online
Not only will you avoid large checkout queues if you shop online, but you will have the opportunity to save money too.
Well, for starters, you will be able to keep tabs on what’s going into your virtual trolley. There will be no nasty surprise at the checkout, as you can tally up your costs as you go.
You won’t be tempted by the sights and smells that supermarkets use to make you part with your cash either.
You will also have the opportunity to compare prices with other supermarkets, so you could order from more than one if you find cheaper products elsewhere. Admittedly, you might have to pay delivery costs, although some supermarkets will allow you to collect your order from the store, so money can be saved if they are close by.
These are just a few of the ways to reduce your grocery bill, so do what you can to save money. You are bound to pick up other hints and tips from any experienced shoppers you know, so get the low-down from them on how to shop frugally.