There are a lot of things that we need in life but it seems that the things we need are constantly rising in prices. Because of this, we are always on the lookout for new and creative ways to save. Today we will be looking at 36 ways to save money on food.
I want you to forget any old habits when you shop and follow our tips below.
1. Go Value Brand
Almost all of the basic foods that you would normally buy can also be bought from the stores own brand sections. In most cases these value brands taste just as good as the more expensive options.
2. Use Thrown Receipts
Outside just about every store you will find some receipts that have been thrown or dropped by other customers. If these receipts have money off coupons or loyalty rewards, claim them. If you walk by a receipt with £2 off something, that is no different to walking by a £2 coin.
3. Use Coupons
Check any magazines and newspapers that you have for any coupons that can be cut out for the products you would usually buy. Also be sure to check couponing sites for codes that can be used online.
4. Go for Frozen Fruit and Veg
Head to your local store and you may be surprised at how much cheaper frozen fruit and vegetables can be over fresh.
5. Go for Tinned Food
When possible buy tinned goods as they will last, well, almost forever.
6. Don’t Trust the Best Before Date
Many people waste money and food by throwing food out once it reaches the best before date. This date can’t be trusted and many food items are fine well beyond this date. Instead, use your eyes, nose and common sense.
7. Freeze What You Can
Making use of your freezer will save you a shed load in the long run. The trick is to always freeze things in portions, and knowing what is freezable and what isn’t.
8. Plan Your Meals Ahead
Start planning your meals for the week ahead, stick to the shopping list and use the freezer where possible.
9. Start Growing Your Own Food
Why waste money each week on vegetables at the store when you can just learn to start growing your own. The good thing is that you don’t even need a garden to get started.
10. Dry Beans Instead of Canned
Instead of buying canned beans, you can save some money by buying dry beans and leaving them to soak over night. And they taste no different.
11. Start Cooking
If you like to eat out, order takeaways or buy ready-made meals, you need to stop. By simply buying the ingredients and cooking the food yourself you could save a lot of money.
12. Bulk Buy
Compare the price per weight for food items that you usually buy. Sometimes you will get a much better deal. You could save even more by splitting the cost with family and friends.
13. Get Your Storage Right
Tossing produce that’s wilted or rotting before you get to eat is one of the fastest ways of wasting your money. Buy only what you think you’ll be able to eat. And learn to store your foods correctly.
14. Love Your Leftovers
Too many people waste money and food by tossing their leftovers. If you really want to save you need to start putting these leftovers to use. Anything unused can be frozen and used at a later time.
15. Get Cashback
There are many apps and websites that you can use to get cashback on all your purchases including groceries.
16. Compare Prices
Every store wants you as a customer and they will usually try to get your money by undercutting other stores. Shop around and compare prices to find the cheapest prices.
17. Don’t Shop Hungry
If you shop on an empty stomach you are more likely to not stick to your shopping list and buy items that you don’t really need.
18. Set a Date
Choose either one day a week or one day a month to do all of your food shopping and make sure that you don’t buy anything else food related the rest of the time.
19. Use Cash Not Card
It is all too easy to spend more money than your budget allows when you buy your groceries using a debit or credit card. Use cash only.
20. Be Adventurous
Don’t be scared too try new things but make sure that those new things are cheaper. You will probably find that you like them just as much, if not more.
21. Steer Clear of Bottled Water
Stop buying bottled water from the stores. Instead, refill your bottles from the tap at home throughout the day.
22. Use What You Have
It is easy to forget what we actually have in the cupboards at home. Go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer to see what you have and search online to find recipes for those items.
23. Buy Produce That’s In Season
Foods that are in season are a lower price and better quality.
24. Head for the Farmers Market
If you don’t want to be growing your own fruit and vegetables but still want to save on fresh produce, take a trip to your local farmers market. They have lots of other items for your home and family too.
25. Shop Online
Shopping online can actually save you money and is a great way to stick within your budget and not be tempted with in-store offers. Most grocery stores offer online shopping now.
26. Buy Whole Meat
Buying whole meat instead of already cut meat will save you money on groceries. For example, buy a whole chicken and cut it up yourself. Every part can be used in one way or another.
27. Check for Mistakes
Technology may be great but it can also make mistakes. Check over your receipts and make sure that the correct prices have been scanned through for each item.
28. Loyalty Programs
Sign-up at your favorite stores for their loyalty programs. It will save you money for shopping at that store.
29. Use Discount Stores
Discount stores like Aldi help you to save a lot and you will get a lot more for your money.
If you are a regular reader on this or other prepping sites you will already know how effective stockpiling can be. This will require space but will pay off no end by buying products when they are on sale.
31. Eat Less Meat
You don’t have to have meat every day of the week. Have meatless meals a few times a week, or make meat a side dish rather than the main course. It is probably the most expensive food item on your plate so by cutting it out even once a week can save money.
32. Invest in a Crock Pot
Crock pots can turn out some very tasty, inexpensive meals. You can turn cheaper cuts of meat into stews, or you can throw a hodge-podge of ingredients in there and come out with a great meal.
33. Shop Solo
When possible try to do the grocery shopping without the kids or anyone else for that matter. Anybody that accompanies you on your food shop is likely to try convince you to stray from your list.
34. Stick to the Shopping List
There is no point making a shopping list if you are not going to stick to it. This is also a quick way to destroy your grocery budget. Make your list but also make sure and stick to it.
35. Buy Only What You Eat
The best way to save money on food is to buy only what your family will eat. When there is a good deal at your store, it can be tempting to overbuy. But, if you have to throw away food that spoils, then it is not such a great deal after all.
36. See Your Foods
A lot of food spoils because people simply forget that they have it until it is too late. Keep fresh foods in a visible place so they don’t get hidden behind other items.
The best way to save money is to have a budget, stick to it, and when you buy food, don’t waste it.
Remember, some of what you buy will have a limited shelf life whereas others can be extended by freezing them. The main thing is that you learn to store your food items correctly.
What ideas do you have for saving money on food? Please share them below so we can get them added to the list.