If one of your New Years Resolutions is to save money, try spending less on groceries with these tips – my budget is just £50 a month!
Last year my husband and I decided to try reducing our grocery bills, setting our budget at just fifty pounds a month. You can read the original post detailing how we do it here and the one year review here.
We estimate that over the course of 2016 we saved around £1500 on what we were previously spending. If you are thinking of trying to cut back on your grocery bills try my top tips.
Set a budget and put the money for spending on shopping in a different purse or wallet. This will make it easier to keep track of and you will be able to see what you have left to spend.
Buying reduced groceries saves us an absolute fortune. I try not to buy meat or veggies unless they are reduced by at least 50%.
3. Look our for deleted lines
As well as buying reduced items, look out for deleted lines. My local co-op recently had a HUGE clear out and I got store cupboards essentials for next to nothing. This included litre bottles of napolina olive oil for £1.50 and foxes biscuits for reduced to 13p that then went through the till at buy one get one free.
4. Be prepared
When buying lots of reduced food make sure you have the room to store it. I take a lot of food out of its bulky packaging and put in smaller containers or sandwich bags before freezing. You can also cook and freeze reduced food to save time later.
5. Love your Leftovers
Make the most of your leftovers – even if you only have small amount of something left. It’s worth popping it in the freezer for another day. You can find some of my Sunday lunch leftover recipes in this post.
Cut out the Junk food – since reducing our grocery budget we buy far less fizzy drinks, crisps and chocolate. We also try and stick to a base price for certain Items. For example, we won’t pay more than £1 for a litre bottle of Pepsi Max or more than £2 for a tub of Luxury Ice cream. You can read about how I save on some of my favourite luxury food items in this post.
7. Use Shopping Apps
Shopping apps have saved me an absolute fortune – from free food & drink to toiletries they are definitely worth signing up for. Try these Apps to save Hundreds on your Grocery Bills each year
Don’t be scared of trying new ingredients if they are cheaper. I often pick up more unusual meat in the reduced section and then look up recipes to make a meal out of it.
9. Try Couponing
Couponing can be a a great way save money on groceries. Start out with just one or two coupons and you’ll still be making a saving. Here is my beginners guide to couponing
10. Drop a brand
An oldie but a goodie. Try buying a brand down in the supermarket and see how you get on. If you don’t notice the difference then stick with it.
11. Look at the price per 100 grams
Even if something is on offer a smaller bottle or different brand may still be cheaper. Make sure you look at the measures and what you are paying per 100 grams or 100mls.
12. Do smaller shops
Before budgeting for our groceries we used to just head to the supermarket and throw whatever we wanted into the trolley. Now we do two or three smaller shops each week and try and buy what we need plus a few reduced bits.
13. Take a basket instead of a trolley
If you have to carry everything around with you, you’ll be less likely to fill it up with loads of stuff you don’t need!
14. Take advantage of new shopper discounts
If you do your shopping online don’t be afraid to shop around. There a lots of new customer codes out there, don’t be afraid to take advantage of all of them!
15. Remember any saving is an achievement
Even if you are only able to save £2 a week on your bills that’s more than £100 saved over the course of a year. Small changes can make a big difference.
16. Know what you can freeze
Knowing what can be frozen can really help when picking up cheap and reduced groceries. I often freeze whole pieces of cheese, fresh pasta sauces and cake.
17. Join my Facebook group
I have a small facebook group for those wanting to chat about saving money on their grocery bills. You can request to join here.