Most families are spending the majority of their weekly
budget at the supermarket. It makes sense then to really look at how we can
consistently spend less on one of our major expenditures. Here
are seven, far-from-life-changing ways to cut your grocery bill.
1. Do a Weekly MenuAccording to Food Wise, we discard about 20 per cent of the food we buy – equating to about $1000 a year. That’s not only bad for our pockets, but for the environment as well. Writing a weekly menu lets you plan and be clever in all sorts of ways: need half a bottle of cream for one recipe? Then find another recipe that uses the other half. Making spaghetti bolognese one night? Double the recipe, and use the mince in an economical cottage pie. Another good tip: go online and see what’s on special at your local supermarket, then design your menu around that. 2. Write a Shopping ListOnce your weekly menu is complete, then it’s time to write a shopping list. The Australian Healthy Food Guide says a shopping list will help stop impulse buys and stacking up on items that look good, but you may never get around to eating. Start by checking what you already have. And here is the golden rule: do not buy what is not on the list.3. Leave the Kids at HomeThere’s nothing like a couple of children whining for biscuits/ lollies/drinks to add substantially to your supermarket bill. Not to mention the temptations at the checkout. Try to schedule your weekly shop for when someone can be home with the kids: maybe on a Thursday night or on a weekend, when your partner is home.
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