When you’ve got lots of mouths to feed your grocery bill can be enough to give you a heart attack. Luckily, there are many things you can do to reduce this weekly cost. This article will give you advice on what to do, and what not to do, when it comes to feeding your family in a frugal way.
Do a comparison of supermarket prices. Perhaps you could be saving money on your groceries by switching to a different business.
Do create a meal planner for each week. It really helps to be organized when it comes to feeding your family each week. The meal planner will play a crucial role in saving money. With a plan, you will know the exact ingredients you need and in what quantity, preventing overspending and unnecessary waste. Seeing your meals for the week at a glance will also make it easier to ensure you are providing a well-balanced diet for the family.
Do create a shopping list each week from your meal planner. Be as meticulous as you can about how much of each item you require.
Do check your fridge, freezer and store cupboards to see what needs to be used up before writing your meal planner and shopping list. Anything in the fridge that is close to its use by date should be transferred to the freezer until you are ready to use it.
Do set aside an hour or two each weekend to complete your meal planner. Ask your family not to interrupt you while you are doing this task so that the process is as quick and pain-free as possible.
Do keep a record of your meal planners for each week. Once you’ve got a decent collection, you can just rotate them, saving you lots of time and effort.
Do shop online. You will save money as you’ll be able to see at a glance what are the cheapest options. Also, you are more likely to stick to your shopping list than be tempted by useless products that the supermarket want you to buy.
Do choose supermarket own items. In most cases, they are just as good as their branded counterparts and also happen to be considerable cheaper.
Do a regular search online for affordable and healthy family meal recipes. You’ll be surprised at just how much help there is out there on feeding your family on a budget. Food, that can be made in big batches like soup and pasta dishes, are cheap to make and can be frozen and used at your convenience. Try to stick to recipes that are designed for the same amount of people that are in your family. This way you won’t risk buying or making too much.
Do make it your mission to love leftovers. No matter how small they might seem, there is always a use for leftovers. Look up recipes if you are stuck, or be creative!
Do treat you and your family once in a while. If there is a special occasion in your family, or you just want to celebrate how much money you have saved, bring out the pizza menu and enjoy.
Don’t keep your fruit and veg in a bowl or store cupboard. These items will last longer if they are stored in the refrigerator.
Don’t buy ready-made meals. It is way cheaper to make meals yourself from raw ingredients. Making your meals from scratch also gives you more control over what your family is eating.
Don’t buy ingredients that are out of season, it will cost you more. Check what foods are in season right now. Fill your cupboards with these and look up recipes for new and exciting ways to use them.
Don’t eat meat and fish with every meal. These tend to be the most expensive items on your shopping list, right? Cut down on these ingredients and stock up on plenty of filling vegetables and tofu.
Don’t buy expensive cuts of meat. When you are buying meat, opt for good quality cheaper cuts like stewing meats. Cheaper cuts are less expensive for a reason; they are not as tender or tasty. However, cooked slowly in a stew or sauce they can be delicious.
Don’t do more than one grocery shop a week. Getting everything at once will give you more opportunities to take advantage of deals and will allow you to collect more reward points. “Top up“ shopping throughout the week will cost you much more. Indeed, convenience stores will charge more than larger supermarkets.
Don’t forget to use your coupons, reward points and take advantage of special offers when shopping.
Don’t always be tempted by BOGOF (buy one get one free) or other similar deals. If you will use them then that’s fine, but in most cases, you’ll just end up with items you don’t want or need.
Don’t always buy fresh vegetables. Frozen vegetables don’t get the credit they deserve. Not only are they just as good for you as fresh vegetables, but they are also the cheaper option. They also come pre-chopped saving you lots of time.
Don’t underestimate the value of having your own vegetable, fruit and herb garden. If you have space and time, you could save considerable money by providing your own fresh ingredients. If you don’t have your own space outdoors, check to see if there are any community allotments you could take part in. Some ingredients flourish when grown indoors, for example, tomatoes and herbs.
Proving food to your family in a frugal fashion doesn’t have to mean lots of effort or dull meals. In fact, we have show you that it is easy to save money and that the cheaper options are often, the more healthy and delicious. By implementing some of these tips into your routine, you will feel more in control of your money and of what you are feeding your family. And remember, the money you save on groceries can be spent on treats that the whole family can enjoy.