Many of us waste both food and money due to convenience and lack of discipline. If you're currently budgeting your finances, saving money on groceries can be one of the easiest and most rewarding ways of saving cash.
Plan your meals at least a week in advance. This will help you to reuse leftovers and cut down on the amount of waste food you throw out each week. It will also mean you can save repeated trips to the supermarket, which often end up with several non-essential, impulse purchases
2.Use Supermarket Brands
Lots of people become attached to certain brands as if it's fashionable to only use a certain brand of baked bean, or mayonnaise. You should at least try supermarket brands as alternatives before dismissing them, as the quality is often equal to those of established brands. The same is true of 'budget' supermarkets, who offer lots of quality imported products a very cheap prices.
3.Use Comparison Websites
Like with car and home insurance, you can also compare supermarkets to see how much your weekly shop will cost. This may seem like a lot of hassle, but the websites also provide the functionality to place the food order directly, meaning you can save on your shopping without even leaving the house!
4.Try Cheaper Cuts of Meat
There are far too many cooking shows on TV for my liking, however recently the attention has been turned to showing off recipes which can be made on a budget. As a result you can get some fantastic recipes for free from the internet, by established chefs, who show you how to make delicious meals with 'budget' cuts of meat, such as pork belly and braising steak.
5.Buy in Bulk
Signing up to a wholesaler can lead to saving a fortune if you can afford to buy in bulk and have storage space. Some are only available to business owners, but there are now many which are open to the public. You can expect to pay a small membership fee, but this can generally be recouped if you shop there enough.
6.Make Your Own
Smoothies and take away coffees can be an expensive and addicting habit. Ready meals can seem like a cheap option but don't work out much cheaper per-portion than making food fresh, and are nutritionally deficient. Put a focus on making your own food from fresh ingredients and your wallet and health can both benefit
7.Keep Food Fresh
Use your freezer to store leftovers which you aren't intending to eat within the next day – it could provide a meal for the following week, thus freeing up more money. Also keep your fruit and veg in the fridge to keep it fresher (particularly in hot weather), and wrap up any partially used produce in cling film to preserve it's freshness. Don't buy too much fresh veg from the supermarket at any one point as it's storage-time is often limited to a few days.
Search for coupons and deals. There are many forums dedicated to such, where other shoppers share codes and vouchers online. Also some supermarkets issue coupons with your receipt after you shop, so remember to save these up and use them on your next shop.
9.Use a Reward Card
Even if you're using several stores, get a reward card for each, and remember to use it! It's surprising how much you can save over time with minimal effort.
10.Use a Cashback Credit Card
If you've got the discipline, using a cashback credit card can also be an easy way to save money. The idea is that you store away your grocery money somewhere and use the card to buy your shopping each week. Then at the end of the month you clear off the balance with the reserved money, and earn a portion of 'cashback' from the credit card provider.