There are a vast array of ways that you can save money on your food shopping. Today I am going to share some of my favourite tips with you.
Keep a well stocked store cupboard
This has to be one of my favourite ways to save money on your food shopping. I have a number of staple items that I try to always keep in stock. I keep items for cake making, bread baking and cooking fast meals. For example I always have pasta, or pasta flour, in stock so I can make a quick pasta meal. I have a pasta maker which allows me to make fresh pasta almost as fast as it takes to cook dry pasta.
I keep herbs, tins and even a few jars on hand. I like to make my own sauces and mixes from scratch, whenever possible. This is partly because of the cost savings but partly because of the health benefits. I do keep pasta bake sauce on hand though for a lazy meal that keeps us away from the takeaway apps!
Pay attention to the contents of your fridge
Be aware of use by dates. Best before dates are just that, quality control dates. Use by dates are there for your safety. By checking your fridge regularly you can avoid waste and also work any food that needs to be used into a meal plan.
I make sure that I store items correctly. I tend to use storage containers to help me keep leftovers and raw items stored safely. Storage containers are handy as if I have leftovers, or an item I won’t use, I can just transfer it to the freezer and label the top of it. Also they are reusable and I have used some of mine literally 100s of times now.
Control your portion sizes
Looking at your portion sizes can be a fantastic way to cut back on waste and save money on your food shopping.
I try to weigh ingredients and look at serving suggestions on packaging. I also use a spaghetti measurer to keep spaghetti portions under control. This helps me to cut down on calories, which avoids weight gain, and also to avoid cooking more than needed.
If I am cooking with mince for example then I cook lots of different meals and work out portions for 1 or 2 people. I then freeze these using freezer bags or storage containers to allow for easy defrosting of just the right amount.
Consider changing your supermarket
Last year I kept a track of my food spending for an entire year. I then used this to work out my average weekly food budget and worked on reducing that by 20%. By using a bread maker, slow cooker, air fryer and cooking from scratch I have been able to achieve this.
I have been able to take my savings even further by visiting Aldi once or twice per month. I don’t buy all of my food there but I have tried a vast amount of their different items. Lots of their ‘branded’ products look and taste the same, of similar, but are significantly cheaper. Some items can save me 50% and last just as long.
I still visit other supermarkets, as Sainsburys is minutes from my home, but I’ve made considerably savings. Aldi have super six offers on fruit & vegetables every week and when I am meal planning I work using these items quite often. I also buy extra of specific items and then prepare them for the freezer.
I hope that you have found these tips on how to save money on your food shopping useful. I have been able to cut our grocery spend considerably and we have lost weight and eaten better in the process. I enjoy filling our home with healthy and nutritious food, plus a few treats along the way.