Supermarkets are filled with budget-breaking food ideas that make sticking to your shopping list a struggle, especially during the holiday season. Steer clear of that trap and keep food expenses down with these tips.
Check what’s on sale. Scout the aisles for bargain bundles! Grab that 2-for-1 pack or Buy 1 Take 1 and then adjust your meals around these items and those you already have at home and in your cart so you don’t end up with more food than you need.
Stock up early. Shop now for other not-too-perishable items like canned and frozen food you’ll need for the day.
Compare prices. Know how much a kilo of beef or a bag of potatoes normally costs so you’re aware of sudden price increases (or decreases!). Dramatic price fluctuations are not uncommon so keeping tabs on food prices keeps you within your budget.
Be less brand conscious. Save up for that expensive can of Spanish chorizo by buying products whose labels you can overlook, such as sugar, salt, eggs, and other basic food items.
Bring a calculator. This final but important tip may be tedious, but this extra effort should help you keep track of your bill even before you line up to pay for your purchases. Plus, if you find you’re under budget, you can buy more fresh mushrooms or save up to order a delectable dessert to cap off your family.
It’s always nice to come home to a well-stocked refrigerator and make a delicious dinner for yourself or your family. Planning your grocery list can ensure that, when you make a trip to the store, list down everything that you need to make the week’s meals bought in one easy trip sans any hassle.
There are also a good number of apps with an attempt to solve the grocery problem by either organizing your lists, or syncing your lists into one list. You can check out either your Android smartphone or your iOS to make grocery shopping more efficient and just easier altogether.