What if you could cut down your grocery bill every single week? Imagine what you could do with the extra money!
This is one of the (many) reasons we ensure that our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipes are budget friendly – so you can learn how to eat healthily and lose weight on a budget!
Has your grocery bill been gradually creeping up? Don’t panic, you can get it back under control and you don’t have to resort to eating beans on toast every night.
These hacks will help you cut your grocery bill EVERY single week.
Grocery Hacks To Spend Less While Eating Well
Saving on groceries doesn’t mean you need to eat rubbish. In fact, packaged foods tend to be more expensive, so by eating foods made from scratch you’ll also save money.
1. Plan Ahead
If you shop without a list, you will spend more. Simple. Meal planning does more than save time at the end of a long day, it will also save you money at the supermarket. Make sure to include snacks (like these delish Chocolate Salty Pretzel Balls) and school lunch foods in your planning and don’t forget to write a list of any household items you need. Most important of all, STICK TO THE LIST!
2. Buy supermarket own brand
Flour is flour and rice is rice. Despite the price difference on the packet, there really is very little difference in taste. You can save a whole bunch per shop, simply by exchanging name brand for own brand on the basics.
3. Reduce Waste
How much of your grocery shop ends up in the bin each week? A few cucumbers here and an onion there all add up. Try to buy only what you will use and where possible, buy non perishable alternatives.Snap frozen veggies have been shown to have just as many nutrients (sometimes more) than their “fresh” alternatives. Buying frozen where possible saves on waste and is often cheaper. This is especially true for anything not in season.
4. Don’t Shop Hungry
All food seems so much more tempting and delicious when we are hungry. If you shop hungry you are likely to buy larger quantities and more stuff than if you shop on a full stomach.You’ll also be more tempted to make poor food choices so it’s best to avoid the store when you’re hungry.
5. Shop Online
If you tend to get the shock of your life when the final bill rings up on the cash register then try shopping online. Most major grocery stores offer free click and collect options and it can be a great way to save time and money.
Shopping online avoids impulse buys and also lets you keep track of what you are spending. You can also easily compare pricing and choose the cheaper option when sitting on the couch at home. Something that isn’t always possible mid shop with a screaming three year old.
6. Check On Price Per Unit
Manufacturers are smart when it comes to how they package and price their products. The cheapest item may not actually be the one with the lowest final price.
Make sure you are comparing “price per unit” when comparing grocery items. Supermarkets are required to list this on the price docket (usually in tiny writing at the bottom) so use it to make an informed choice. You can also sort by unit price if shopping online.
7. Avoid Packaged Foods
Packaged foods contain more additives, salt, sugar and preservatives plus the cost more. Do your health and your wallet a favour and avoid pre packaged foods wherever possible.
A good guide to how much fresh vs processed food you are buying is to take a look on your grocery docket.
8. Eat Less Meat
Most people spend a big chunk of their weekly grocery budget on meat. If you choose expensive cuts and eat large amounts of meat for every meal the cost really adds up.
Try to plan meals with less meat. There as heaps of healthy vegetarian or even vegan choices that will fill you up and cost much less than a traditional meat filled meal.
Less meat in your diet can also be a healthier choice for both your family and the environment. Give our Kid-approved Healthy Pizza Scrolls a whirl or this delish Broccoli, Spinach and Feta Frittata. Your waist line (and your wallet) will thank you.
Eating healthy whole foods, planning ahead and choosing cheaper options where they are available you really can save heaps on your groceries each week. Eating for less doesn’t have to mean eating rubbish. Take the time to plan out your meals and you really will spend less.
Save On Groceries With The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Customise your weekly meal plan with the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!
Our Challenge entails:
- 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
- Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
- Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
- Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
- Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
- Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!
To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.