Grocery shopping is a significant expense which any household needs to budget for. With the rising costs of food and living it has become essential to put a budget in place and stick to it. Here are 20 incredible tips every family can use to make their Rands stretch a little further when grocery shopping:

Making wise shopping choices

  • Never hit the shops on an empty stomach. If you are hungry you’ll be more likely to buy those things you really didn’t budget for.
  • Make a shopping list. You need to stick to your shopping list at all costs. This is particularly useful if you have little ones shopping with you.
  • Plan out your meals on either a weekly or monthly basis. Only buy the items which are on the menu. If you have trouble planning meals ahead of time try planning for three or four meals a week and build up from there.
  • Do the majority of your shopping once a week. You’ll be less likely to buy things you don’t need if you’re not stopping at the shop every day.
  • Shop at the beginning of the day when you’re energised. If you’re shopping after a long day of work you’ll be tired and have trouble focusing on what’s important.
  • If you’re in a hurry only shop at stores which you know. You’ll be able to find things more easily and won’t be distracted by items you don’t really need.

Planning ahead to save money when Grocery Shopping

  • Planning meals means that you can make sure there are leftovers for lunch the following day. Alternatively, certain leftovers such as hearty winter soups can be frozen and used again for another meal.
  • Pack your own lunchbox snacks. If you need to buy snacks for lunchboxes make sure you buy enough for the month. Get a few bags and pack them weekly as a grab and go treat.
  • Try buying less convenience food and rather buy whole veggies and cut them yourself before freezing.
  • Clean your cupboards and fridge every month. This way you will be able to see what you have and what you need to buy. Make sure you use what you have before you buy more.
  • Get organising your cupboards and food drawers. When you do not know what you have you are more likely to spend money on items you may already have.
  • Stocking up during grocery shopping is great but make sure that you watch those expiry dates.
  • Speed up dinner prep by precooking or marinating meats you’ve bought in bulk.

Be budget conscious

  • Avoid buying snacks on the run. They are expensive and unhealthy.
  • Try a few new dishes and don’t forget that even less expensive foods still taste great.
  • When shopping always use a calculator. You can add things on as you place them in your trolley. This is the best way to stick to your spending plan.
  • Learn to bake and cook. It will save you a lot of money on buying ready-made meals.
  • Head to a specialist or discount store for things such as cleaning materials.
  • Check the papers and online for currently running specials then compare them between stores.
  • Don’t overlook the store brand items. They are the same quality and are often cheaper.