The weekly food shop is one of those unavoidable outgoings that can, if you’re not careful, spiral out of control. So, how can you cut the cash you spend on feeding your family? Here are 10 Top Money Saving Tips on How To Feed Your Family for Less.
Always plan out the meals you want before writing out your shopping list and don’t just think about the week ahead. 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 next week too?
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. Take a look at this handy infographic before you start to consider the ‘waste-less’ journey.
2. Make a List
When you’ve mapped out your meals in your head 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. Set a target spend in your head, buy everything off the list and then if you’re under that figure allow yourself a treat.
Don’t get sucked into ‘too good to be true’ offers – it’s only a bargain if you need it. Equally, if something you buy weekly goes on offer then stock up and save in future weeks. Use store loyalty points and coupons wisely.
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4. Compare Offers
The best way to know if you’re getting a true offer is to see what other stores are doing by using price comparison sites. Also, you should always read price per kg on label, to ensure you are really getting the best offer.
5. Downshift on Brands
Money Saving Expert’s ‘Downshift Challenge’ encourages you to try dropping down a price bracket from the brand you currently buy. If you can’t tell the difference in quality, stick to the cheaper item and enjoy the saving.
6. Batch Cooking
You’ll save time and money by cooking meals in advance and storing them up. You can make enough for several sittings in one go – making a more cost effective use of ingredients.
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7. Embrace Vegetables or Cheaper cuts of Meat
You might be a meat lover but buying meat daily for a family can be expensive. For one meal a week replace meat with vegetables. It’s easily done with a curry and need not impact on the taste.
Consider investing in a slow cooker – as well as saving you time in your busy day, it will also save you money as you can buy cheaper cuts of meat. Here are 17 Amazing Slow Cooker Recipes the Family will Love.
8. Limit Eating Out
Avoid eating out or ordering takeaways unless it’s a special occasion – consider how much more a restaurant meal is than what you can rustle up at home. Get a couple of decent recipe books that contain tasty cost-conscious treats so that you don’t feel you’re missing out.
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The freezer is your friend. Use it wisely to ensure you get more from your meals and ingredients and store up that batch cooking. If your freezer is poky or on its last legs then now is the time to consider buying a new one – you’ll soon save the money back in your bills.
10. Lone Ranger
Go shopping on your own to remain fully focussed. It’s nice to have help but having more members of your family along for the ride will increase the chance that one of them will stray from the script and pile cost onto the bill.
Your children will prefer not to be dragged around the shop anyway. Go after you’ve eaten too. Those tummy rumbles will only encourage you to spend more.
Over to you! Share your cost-saving tips with us in the comment below.