When you are buying food for a number of people, it is easy to lose track of your spending. However, with a bit of forward planning, you can save significant amounts on your weekly shopping bill, giving you some leftover cash at the end of the month to use for savings, paying off debts, or even a treat for a special occasion! Firstly, use our household budget calculator to work out how much you need to set aside for the week. It helps to plan out at least some of the week's meals at the same time, because then you know exactly what ingredients you need to buy.
If you can get away with buying items in bulk, this can shave quite a bit off your weekly bill. Non-perishables such as rice, pasta and cleaning supplies can be bought in larger packs that cost proportionally much, much less than buying in smaller quantities. If you live in a shared, rented house, consider sharing the weekly groceries shopping so that you can buy in bulk without anything going to waste. If you often succumb to impulse buys, you might find it useful to buy online. You can usually save the details of your standard weekly shop for use next time, meaning that you save time and are not tempted by 'special offer' products that you would never normally have bought. Read through the articles on this website for other money-saving tips for sticking to a weekly household spending budget.