How to stay on track with grocery spending
Grocery shopping can be a dazzle of retail excitement that makes dollars disappear faster
than you can say ‘16 rolls of toilet paper on special - yes please'.
The golden rules of grocery shopping
“Even the most frugal shopper can slip up and fail to spend wisely on their groceries,” says Naomi Bruvels, manager of the Simple Savings website which offers advice on saving money and gems like how to feed a family for $21.
Successfully sticking to a budget and grocery shopping involves using a list, never shopping when hungry and never, ever attempting the groceries with small children in tow. But a good shopper also spends time planning.
“The quickest and easiest way to constantly save on grocery shopping is to menu plan. Fifteen minutes spent working out what you will have for dinner each night of the week will not only save money but time and stress,” Bruvels says.
For those who can't bear the rigidity of a menu plan, Bruvels suggests creating loose weekly meal categories such as: chicken on Mondays, stir fries on Tuesdays, pasta on Wednesdays, casserole on Thursdays, takeaway on Fridays, a new recipe or barbecue on Saturday and roasts on Sunday.
Then, simply change meals around according to what you feel like.
Be supermarket savvy
“It's always a great idea to check out the ALDI prices,” Bruvels says. Choice's most recent grocery survey found Aldi offered Australia's cheapest basket of supermarket groceries.
“If there are major supermarkets close together you may find they compete well against each other,” she says.
Bruvels insists the real grocery-buying gurus are those that can shop diligently to a menu plan and a list.
“Do your main ordinary grocery shopping to the menuplan once a fortnight and then on a Saturday morning go treat shopping for fresh baked bread, fruit, a small section of gourmet cheese, an avocado and other perishables like milk, cream and eggs.
“It's really nice to do. It makes for a nice relaxed weekend. No chance of sleeping in: there's a gourmet brekky on the way … and more dollars left in your bank account.”
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