15 Easy Ways to Lower Your Food Shop BudgetDisclosure: This post may contain affiliate links
Looking to Reduce your Food Shop Spending? Here's 15 easy ways you can lower your food bill and stop spending so much money on your groceries to tighten up your food budget.
Food prices are now at their highest rate of inflation in years, and finding ways to cut costs whilst not compromising on food quality and quantity are a very important part of household budgeting for most families.
If you're feeling the pinch, making a few easy changes to your buying can cut your food bill by a third, saving you hundreds of £££s a year!
1 - Find Budget Recipe Ideas
Some of my families favourite meals have surprisingly come from me searching out budget recipe ideas online. I have a large family to feed so am always on the look out for frugal meal ideas - some of the other UK Money bloggers have fantastic sections on their websites for budget friendly meals ideas - Check out KatyKicker for frugal mealtime Inspiration and Savvy in Somerset who has some amazing ways to make meals from leftovers.
2 - Meal Plan
It's super important to meal plan if you want to stop overspending on your food shopping. The number one thing that helped to cut our food spending by thousands a year, is meal planning, and it can help you too. I plan for packed lunches,
Check out this: Free Printable Meal Plan to get you started.
3 - Create Your Food Budget & Stick to it
As well as creating a meal plan, you really need to work out a realistic budget each week and stick to it. The more stringent you are with your budget, the less likely you are to go over it.
Check out this: Free Printable Grocery Budget Template to get you started.
4 - Make Your Food Last Longer
Stop throwing away leftovers and pop it in a tub for tomorrows lunch or pop it in the freezer to keep it even longer. There's so many things you can freeze rather than throwing away, such as fresh vegetables and fruit that you can buy in the reduced section for half the price.
5 - Use Food Waste Apps
There's a great app on the market by 'Too good to Go' which distributes all that yummy, perfectly edible food that stores and restaurants have to throw out at the end of the day can be yours for a quarter of the price. Find out how to Reduce Food Waste & Get Cheap Meals
6 - Don't Takeaway - Fakeaway
We all love a takeaway on occasions but boy can they be pricey! There's a new craze going on in the weight loss world called "fakeaways" where you cook identical takeaway meals yourself, at home. Not only are they healthier, but cost a hell of a lot less. This is why I started trying out some money saving ways to re-create my favourite takeaways and saved over £30 a week - Check out Skint Dad for loads of ideas.
7 - Make Brand Food Swaps
This is a no-brainer! Some value foods taste exactly the same as their branded alter egos - the only difference is the ugly packaging, but fear not...
You can always mask your food shop - Huh? I hear you say....well this cheeky money saving trick I have been using for many years, and I have written a post detailing exactly how to food shop cheaply and get away with it.
8 - Buy Reduced Stickered Food
Different supermarkets tend to reduce items at certain points of the day. Don't be shy to ask your local what their usual reducing time is and go shopping then. You might not always pick up a huge haul, but if you needed to pick up a few bits anyway, you may as well go later on and see what's being reduced.
Tip: Don't shy away from the fresh items, they are easily frozen!
9 - Shop Online
Shopping online rather than in-store can save you a fortune. When in-store we shop with our eyes and if you happen to be hungry at the time, you will spend even more. By shopping online, you can easily track your spending as you go, make any necessary swaps before purchasing and only put items in to your basket what you have meal planned for.
10- Be Strict With The Food
I used to spend a hell of a lot of money re-buying items that the family had eaten. They now know I meal plan and by me having such a strict budget in place, my family don't dare eat anything without checking if it's for a meal first. I make all the packed lunches for the week as soon as the shopping arrives which also stops them grazing on the packed lunch items that I was forever re-buying.
11 - Shop on Sunday
Choosing the day you shop wisely can really help you reign in the kids from eating what they shouldn't. I have my shopping delivered on a Sunday evening - which includes the exact amount of pack lunch items we need and 7 evening meals (to last the week) it obviously includes the other essentials but they come second to the important meals. Everyone in the house knows that food is to last 7 days!
12 - Use Coupons & Vouchers
You can find coupons in magazines, newspapers and even online - if you have some extra time on your hands, emailing companies, telling them how much you love their brands, more often than not gains a reply with a free coupons in to use against their products. You can also get voucher codes for lots of online Grocery Delivery companies, to help save even more cash.
13 - Shop Around
If there's certain products you must have and they're not currently on offer at the supermarket you're using, have a quick check online to see if they're on offer elsewhere.
14 - Take Advantage of Special Offers
Each week (usually on a Tuesday) supermarkets change over their special offers. If something you use regularly is on offer, stock up - just make sure you don't use more for the sake of it, or you won't end up saving money.
15 - Shop at Cheaper Supermarkets
The likes of Aldi and Lidl can save you quite a bit on your shopping compared to supermarkets like Waitrose and Asda. You can also Shop online at Approved Food, which sells perfectly good food that's close to/past its sell-by for around a third of the price.
As always, if you know of any other great ways to reduce your food bill, please let us know in the comments below...
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