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10 WAYS TO CUT YOUR FAMILY FOOD BILL

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Summer is well and truly in full swing as parents try their best to keep children occupied for the long 8-week school holidays.  According to research the average family food shop doubles over the school holidays!    No wonder so many parents feel the pinch during this time.

 

 

Below are some tips to help you trim your food budget during the summer holidays.

 

 

  1. Set a Budget

The most effective way of cutting back is to set yourself a budget and stick to it.  It’s very easy to do, take a months’ worth of receipts and calculate what you normally spend on average for food shopping, deduct around 10 – 20%.  That’s your budget set.  If you’re up for the challenge you can reduce your budget even further!

 

  1. Make a List

Grocery shopping without a list leads to temptation!  Before you head off, go through your cupboards, fridge, and freezer to see what you already have.  Write down some meal ideas then develop a list of things you currently don’t have.

 

  1. Be Flexible

In addition to making a list, you may find there are offers on within the store.  Be prepared to change your meal plans in order to make the best use of whatever special offers are on.  So, having a few ideas up your sleeve will give you the flexibility to ensure you never miss out on the best deals.

 

  1. Buy reduced items

Some supermarkets have a reduced section.  The items are perfectly fine, the best before is normally the day you are shopping.  Don’t be afraid to have a look, you can either use them that evening or you can freeze them and use later.

 

  1. Use supermarket own brands

For basic foods such as rice, spaghetti, flour, sugar and so on, buy supermarket own brands which are normally cheaper and there is very little difference – if any difference at all – in the taste of these products.

 

 

  1. Ditch pre-packed

Did you know that loose fruit and vegetables are much cheaper than their pre-packed counter parts?  It is also the same for cheese and often meat.  Check the price per kilo on the shelf at then at the deli counter to ensure you get the best deal.

 

  1. Don’t shop when you are hungry

Shopping on an empty stomach results in buying food that you crave at that moment and often leads to impulse buys and an increase in your overall food bill.  Eat before you shop!

 

  1. Avoid snack packs

Kids love snack packs and parents love them too for the convenience.  Unfortunately, anything in small packages costs more!  To avoid paying more for snack packs buy a small Tupperware box in the pound shop and buy the average size packets of food to keep your grocery costs down.

 

  1. Use coupons and cashback apps

Cashback apps and vouchers are a great way of reducing your overall grocery shopping.  You can get many free items too when shopping with coupons and cashback apps.  Head over to read about the best Cashback apps which you can download now and start saving immediately.

 

  1. Avoid waste

It has been reported that households in the UK binned £13 billion worth of food in 2015, this equates to an average £470 worth of food for every household.  Avoid throwing food away by ensuring you use the ingredients before the go off or use up your ingredients to make a soup or stew which you can freeze for a later date.

 

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7 SMART AND EASY WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR GROCERY SHOP

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We’ve all read it in newspapers or heard it on the TV, the cost of groceries is expected to rise – whether this is inflation or the effects of Brexit is neither here nor there, the fact is that families will continue to struggle to make ends meet.

 

So, if you want some tips on how to cut your grocery bill down, then you have come to the right place!  Your food bill is an area where you can make savings just with a little planning.

 

Below I have noted some ways to help you the next time you go food shopping.

 

Plan, Plan & Plan

Before heading out the door, I recommend you plan your meals and what you need to buy.  Meal planning can help in so many ways, including saving you money and time overall.  It also helps you cut down on waste and can turn what becomes a boring dinner into a lovely feast!

 

If you want to read more about how to meal plan, head over to my post How to Save Money with Meal Planning.

 

Make a Shopping List

Make a shopping list from the meal plan AFTER looking in your fridge, freezer, and store cupboard.  Going without a list can lead to many temptations and spending more than you wanted.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, the back of an envelope will do just fine!

 

Use coupons and cashback apps

Cashback apps and vouchers are a great way of reducing your overall grocery shopping.  You can get many free items too when shopping with coupons and cashback apps.  Head over to my blog post about the best Cashback apps which you can download now and start saving immediately.

 

Know where the reduced section is

Supermarkets reduce food these are often items that have best before the day you are shopping.  If you buy bread at a reduced price it’s a good idea to freeze it if you don’t intend using it all.  You really can get some excellent bargains. Why not visit your local supermarket and see where they keep the reduced section?

 

Look at the top and bottom of the shelves

The higher profit items are often placed at eye level – make sure you look to the top and bottom of the shelf and label to make sure you get the best priced item.

 

Loyalty Cards

If your store has a loyalty card, make sure you sign up for one as you can get a discount or money off coupon from the till.

 

Pay with Cash

After you do your planning, bring cash along – that way you certainly won’t overspend. Having a debit or credit card can often be tempting so leave it at home.

 

Happy grocery shopping folks.

 

Elf x

 

 

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HOW TO SAVE MONEY WITH MEAL PLANNING

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Below I’ve listed some ways you can save money with meal planning.  Years ago, meal planning was something that I never considered but now it is a necessity as far as I am concerned.

Meal planning can help in so many ways, including saving you money and time overall.  It also helps you cut down on waste and can turn what becomes a boring dinner into a lovely feast!

People often say to me that they just don’t have the time to plan, well I’m here to tell you it doesn’t take that long and it will save you time – really!  Below I have listed the reasons why I meal plan so hopefully it will give you an idea of what the benefits are.

 

 

Weekly meal planning saves you time

Going grocery shopping without a list means wandering up and down the aisles trying to come up with recipes on the spot.  Or you think you have all the ingredients to make that meal at home, only to find when you get there you’re missing an essential ingredient.

Well with meal planning you prepare your list in advance so you don’t have to wander aimlessly up and down those aisles being tempted by offers you don’t’ really need.

 

Weekly meal planning helps you eat a more balanced diet

When you sit down to plan your weekly meals, it gives you time to consider adding in vegetables and thinking about the healthier options.  For us, we like to ensure we use the vegetables at the start of the meal plan so you get them when they are at their best and the freshest.  It also means you refrain from buying unhealthy snacks because you have your list in front of you!

 

Weekly meal planning stops you getting stuck in a rut

There are times when I can’t for the life of me figure out any more inventive ways to include vegetables in our diet so taking time to plan and look at recipes is great.

 

Indeed, as I will talk about below, signing up to Hello Fresh is a great way of keeping your meals interesting.

 

Steps to creating a weekly meal plan

Step 1:  Do a little recipe research or sign up to Hello Fresh.

Step 2:  Create a week-long meal plan – I’m offering you a free meal planner diary which you can download below.

Step 3: Make a shopping list from the meal plan AFTER looking in your fridge, freezer, and store cupboard.

Step 4:  Go shopping and stick to your list

 

After all this you will find that it will have taken you less time than if you’d been wandering around those grocery aisles, plus you will have planned your meals for the week, saved yourself money and set yourself a healthy eating plan.

 

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I’m offering you a free meal and recipe planner to help you along your journey to meal plan.  To download just sign up below.

 

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