Do you often find yourself spending way too much in the shops? You might be buying more than you need. According to the Australian government, Australian households on average waste $3,800 worth of groceries each year. That’s a lot of money that could easily go to your next holiday or your debt repayments… or charity if you’re feeling generous.
So here are 15 ways you could save money on groceries this weekend:
1. Make an inventory
Take a look at what’s in your pantry and in your fridge. See what you can make with those ingredients so that you’ll only need to buy meats or vegetables to pair them with. Making an inventory will also help you see what you need to re-stock.
2. Write a list and stick with it
Once you’ve made an inventory, come up with a list of things you’ll need for the week. Write them down and physically take the list with you. This will help you avoid buying nonessentials.
3. Shop at the end of the day, especially on Sunday
Make your Sunday night your grocery date night. Some shops try to push their sales at the end of the week, so you might just get good really deals by then.
4. Shop online
You might want to consider shopping online too. Coles and Woolworths have special offers online, like free deliveries of $25 off on your first purchase. Shopping online can also help you save money since you can type what you need and add them to the cart. You can also immediately check if you’re going over budget. When you do, you can easily delete some items off your list.
5. Compare prices
If you do decide to go to an actual physical store, do a quick search online and see where you can get all that you need for less. It might be better to go to a store that’s a little farther if you could save a considerable amount of money.
6. Eat before going to the shops
Research suggests you’re more likely to buy things you don’t need when you’re hungry. Your brain will think you need everything you see because of hunger. So consider eating a snack before heading to the shops. That way, you can concentrate on buying only what you need.
7. Shop alone
You’re more likely to spend more when you shop with family and friends. That’s because they can influence what you buy, like ingredients to add to your dish or a new snack that you just absolutely need to try.
8. Look at the top shelf and the bottom shelf
Don’t look in the middle! The more expensive products are strategically placed in the middle because they’re easier to reach. Check out what’s on the top shelf and the bottom shelf to see what items you can get for cheaper.
9. Purchase what’s on special or an alternative brand
You may have your favourite brands, but sometimes, cheaper brands can match the quality you’re looking for. Consider buying what’s on special or even using the shop’s own brands. You’ll be surprised by how those brands can match the quality of more expensive brands.
10. Check out the stickers for deals
Some shoppers have taken advantage of deals that can be found around the store. A lady from Adelaide, for example, got roast chicken for free just because they ran out. So be mindful of these deals that you can find in store. Who knows? You might just end up getting a free roast chook.
11. Don’t overstock on fresh produce
Fresh produce will go bad if you don’t use them right away. If you don’t think you’ll cook them within the week, don’t buy them. Get only what you need to avoid wastage.
12. Maximise your rewards points
Stores will offer double rewards points on particular items in a week. Before going to the shops, consider buying items that can double your points. This will be a great way to save some money towards the end of the year.
13. Freeze what you can
Some items won’t survive after 3 days. Consider freezing them, like bread loaves. This will help you avoid buying another loaf towards the middle of the week.
14. Eat leftovers for lunch
If you ended cooking heaps of food, consider eating the leftover for lunch the next day. You save yourself from the hassles of leaving work just to buy lunch and save more money.
15. Take the grocery challenge on the Frollo app!
And we can’t stress this enough. Simply head over to the Frollo app, click “Goals” and then click “Grocery Savings Challenge” to see how much money you can save this week.
The Bottom Line
There are certainly a lot of opportunities to save money when grocery shopping. It may not be a considerable amount each week, but these savings do add up at the end of the year. Imagine having an extra $3800 saved in your account just because you shopped smarter.
Got your own money-saving tips? Share them with us in the comment section below!