Money Saving Tips: How to Feed Your Family for Less
With a few careful tweaks to your shopping and cooking habits, you can definitely cut the cost of feeding the family.
From planning to going shopping on your own, try these tips to help.
#1. Planning Meals
Always plan out the meals you want before writing out your shopping list and don’t just think about ingredients for one meal. If you’re going to have to buy a bag of potatoes this week to make mash for your Sunday dinner, how about throwing a few into a curry as well?
Consider what’s in the cupboards and keep them well organised so it’s easy to see what you’ve already got. Aim not to waste a single item – consider everything you throw away as money going into the dustbin.
You may find this Stocktaking Sheet handy to help you know what food you have before you go shopping. And download a free Meal Planning Sheet here.
#2. Make a List (and Stick to It!)
When you’ve mapped out your meals for the week it’s vital that you write a list and stick to this in the shop.
If you want to be a super-saver then don’t put any luxuries on it. Instead, set a target spend, buy everything off the list and then if you’re under that figure allow yourself a treat.
I used to shop without a list but once I started sticking to a list, the food spend definitely went down.