We all know that feeling when doing our monthly grocery shop, nervously watching the till after every item is scanned and seeing that ever-growing bill. It’s hard to stay on budget as prices for groceries are on the up. Having to buy all the necessities is becoming a challenge and pricey for our pockets.
Here I have five tips for you to keep in mind for your next shopping trip and what you can do at home to cut your grocery bill by a few Pula.
1. Stick To House Brands
When we walk down the aisle at the supermarket, we are drawn to the popular brands by default because we grew up with them in our parent’s households.
One way of cutting your budget is by buying the supermarket branded items. They cost less as they don’t pay for advertising to sell them. So next time try out the supermarket brands and you’ll be in for a good surprise.
2. Use Your Garbage Wisely
Before throwing away your perishable items from the veggie draw in your fridge, you can use them one last time. No, you won’t have to eat them don’t worry.
I mean those squishy tomatoes or the wrinkled up green peppers that will just get tossed in the bin. Instead, use the seeds within them, plant them in pots and watch them grow. Not only will you have your own supply of fresh veggies it will also be a fun activity for the kids to plant the seeds and take care of them.
3. Know Your Meat Cuts
Meat cuts come in a wide variety, some being more expensive than others. Have a chat with your local butcher. Get them to explain the different cuts to you and how to get the most from them. As well as asking them to prepare it for you. Cheaper cuts still have all the great flavours, you will just need a little longer cooking time.
4. Have A Meat-Free Meal
Meat often plays a big role in our monthly grocery bill. You won’t have to become a vegan, but having a meat-free meal at least once a week should save you between P150.00 – P200.00 a month if not more. Introduce the “Meat-free Monday” into your households and have some fun trying out new and interesting recipes!
If you want some inspiration about plant-based eating go and have a look at this article, Plant-Based Eating: Should You Try It.
5. Planning Your Meals
Having a weekly meal plan is a great idea to curb spending. When going into the grocery store you know what you need to get, plus you won’t have the “What am I going to cook for dinner?” dilemma.
Thanks for reading. Give these tips a go your budget and pockets will be thankful. Let us know if you have some good money-saving tips, otherwise Happy shopping!