Happy World Food Day SA! Its time to radically change the way we think about and consume food – and there is no better day to do so than today. For many households, food constitutes their major expense every week. The sad reality is, after paying bills and buying food, so many families have hardly any disposable income left to spend on other items or activities. Fortunately, there are ways to improve the balance here and pay a bit less for groceries to have a bit more to spend on other life’s pleasures.
Try these ideas and see for yourself how much money you can save on groceries.
- Buy in bulk whenever possible. Nonperishable items, like canned foods, flour, rice, tea or coffee can be bought in larger quantities and stored in your pantry. Buying in bulk most of the time means paying less per unit/item.
- Do one big grocery shopping per week. It has been proven that by making multiple trips to the shops during the week you’re spending more money than you would if you went only once to buy enough stuff to last you a week.
- If possible, leave your kids at home. If you have someone to leave your children with while you go grocery shopping you will not only save time but also money by not buying a bunch of unnecessary items that your children spot on the shelves and suddenly can’t live without.
- Make sure you use fresh produce first at the start of the week to avoid it going bad. In this way, you will limit food waste. Learn what you can easily freeze, and you can prepare meals using de-frosted foods later in the week.
- Make shopping lists. And stick to them! Think about what you need before going to the shop, and visit only the alleys that have the items you had put down on your list.
- Check what’s on sale in your local supermarket every week, and plan your meals around that. You will not only save money but ensure meal variety.
- Get loyalty cards and accumulate points. Most supermarket chains offer loyalty cards that you scan every time you pay for your shopping. The points that you accumulate can be converted into cash to be discounted from your future shops.
- Visit fresh food, or farmers’ markets right before closing times. A lot of people avoid them thinking that the supermarket food prices are lower, which can be true, but not when you shop smart. At the end of the day, sellers massively reduce prices of any fresh produce that has not been sold. So, you can get perfectly good and fresh items for as little as half of their original price.