Food can be one of the biggest outgoings we have. Some may spend more than others, but there is always ways to reduce the cost of your food expenditure. B making a few changes to your shopping and eating habits. Here is a quick guide to reducing the amount you spend on food.
One of the first ways you can save money on your shopping bills is by meal planning. This means that you regularly use up the food you have in because you actively look at what you have. Meal planning is a difficult thing to get into but once you start you will wonder why you haven’t always done it. It is as simple as sitting down with your diary and a pen and deciding what you will eat for the week ahead.
Buy what you need.
After writing your meal plan, you should then create a list of exactly what you need. Then stick to it. More often when you go to a shop to buy your food without a list, you will buy things you don’t need. This could then mean that food gets wasted. Which is just like throwing money away.
Buy things in bulk.
Sometimes, it works out cheaper, in the long run, to take advantage of special offers. This should only be done on food you eat a lot of to avoid adding more waste. Of course, this may mean you won’t be able to eat it all before it’s past it’s best. So using food saver bags to freeze food for another day is a great way of saving yourself some money in the future.
Another little tip would be to cook things in batches and freeze for meals during the week or busy weekends. This ensures that you always have a meal in avoiding you spending money on expensive takeaways or meals out.
Making use of your leftovers for lunches the next day can save you some money on buying things. By packing up some leftover chili or pasta and eating the following day you are reducing your food wastage.
Use discount vouchers and coupons.
These can save you a lot of money at the checkout. Using discount websites, loyalty schemes or vouchers found in magazines or papers can add up. It’s only worthwhile though if you use vouchers for food you eat regularly. There is no point in buying something you wouldn’t necessarily eat or use just because there is some money to be saved. That food may end up getting wasted defeating the object of money saving.
Know your habits and combat them.
Realising your mistakes and habits can save you some extra money. Top-up shopping during the week can be where you spend the extra money you don’t need to. By planning meals, and shopping smart this should avoid you having to visit again. Saving you lots of money. Also, it’s worth noting the food you throw away the most and then working out if you can buy less or freeze some of it to avoid spending extra buying more of it.
I hope this guide helps you save some money on your food bills.