It’s a good idea to plan your meals for the week before you head to the supermarket. That way you know exactly what you’re going to eat each day and what ingredients you need to buy in order to make it. If possible, try and stretch your ingredients to last a couple of days. For example, why not buy a slightly larger chicken and use the leftovers from your roast to make a curry or sweet & sour?
Don’t rule out ready meals either if you’re on a tight budget. A lot of the supermarkets run regular offers where you can buy a certain number of ready meals for a set price. It can often work out cheaper than buying all of the ingredients separately, and it’s a lot less effort to cook. Buy a ready made lasagne for example and pair it with some broccoli and garlic bread for a cheap and cheerful meal.
Oh, and it’s a lot easier to stick to your food budget if you make one big weekly trip to the supermarket instead of lots of impulsive ones.
A great way to make considerable savings on your weekly shop is to switch to own-brand products. These are considerably cheaper and usually just as good, if not better than the more familiar branded goods. Why not try replacing your usual branded shop with supermarket own-brands for a week and see how you get on?
A great example of a switch that could save you considerable money each week is washing capsules. Supermarket own brands are usually two or three pounds cheaper than the likes of Ariel or Persil and will clean your clothes just as effectively.
Another one to consider is toilet rolls. As much as it’s nice to have expensive toilet paper that’s double quilted and enriched with cocoa butter, it still ends up in the same place. Think about it.
You might find you actually prefer some of the cheaper brands and switch to them permanently.
If you’re on a tight budget it’s probably best to avoid shopping blind. One of the best ways to keep an eye on how much you’ve spent as you trundle round with your trolley is to use a scan as you go system. Most of the major supermarkets offer this service and as the name suggests it allows you to scan your own shopping as you go. The handset will tot up your total as you scan each item, enabling you to stick to your budget and avoid any nasty surprises when you get to the checkout.
Some supermarkets allow you to do the same thing using a phone app. Tesco’s Pay+ app even allows you to add funds to a digital wallet which you can then use to pay for your shopping each week.
One of the ways to get the most out of your weekly shop is to sign up for a loyalty card. Pretty much all of the big supermarkets have these such as offer these and it’s usually completely free to sign up.
By using one each and every time you make a supermarket trip or purchase fuel from a supermarket petrol station you’ll accumulate points which – once you reach a certain milestone – can be used to take money off of your shopping bill. Some of the loyalty schemes such as Tesco’s Clubcard and Nectar allow you to redeem your points at other retailers as well. So you can make savings on everything from train travel to cinema tickets.
Supermarkets love to try and make you buy more than you went in for. Ever wondered why they always place tempting treats such as cakes and sweets at the end of the aisles? It’s to try and catch your eye and encourage you to put them in your trolley. We’re all guilty of it.
One of the easiest ways to avoid impulse buying is to make sure you’re not hungry when you visit the supermarket. Because if you’re hungry you’re going to instantly crave whatever delicious goodness they’ve deliberately placed in your view.
Write a list and stick to it.
Do you have any money saving tips when it comes to food shopping? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Whether you want to grow your skills, get picked up by an employer who needs your specific knowledge, earn more qualifications for your CV, or some combination of the three, the My Need to Live community is here to support you.Join the platform
The My Need to Live Support Directory is a resource created by us to help 16 – 24 year olds find the help, support, organisation or practitioner you need to help them with their wellbeing when they need it.Support directory
Losing one’s job is painful, it can be one of the most destructive events happening in ones life. I should know I have been through a few of them. Most recently I was laid off March 2nd, 2023. An unexpected shock as the organization I worked for gave no indication there would be any form […]
The pain of being laid off is affecting thousands, but mostly in big tech. It saddens me to say I was just laid off and although I did not work or one of the major big tech companies like Twitter, Alphabet and others we were still apart of financial tech. Here is a recent article […]
Happy New Year 2023! What the new year means to me, to you, to the world. It means something different for everyone. Some create resolutions for the new year to be new person, new goals. I am often reminded of when I would attend my local gym, a 24-hour fitness which by the way is […]