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Grocery shopping on a budget tips

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  • Always check your local paper for specials and compare prices of items on sale with other stores.
  • Write a list of things you need, this way you are less likely to buy unnecessary items.
  • Stick to the list!
  • Plan your meals a week and even a month ahead. This way you know exactly what you’ll need for the week/month and you won’t spend unnecessarily.
  • Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach
  • A tip that’s both eco-friendly and will save you a little money, is to re-use your plastic bags. Or buy those sturdy material ones which are also re-usable.
  • Buy “Store brand” Products. But be sure to check if the same product isn’t on special in a different brand. Many times store brand products are also cheaper than know brand products so do your research.
  • Buy items that are non-perishable in bulk. Cleaning products, toiletries, , biscuits, canned food etc. are all good examples.
  • Always buy seasonal produce. Not only is this good for your wallet but also for the environment.
  • When buying meat, buy the cuts on special and freeze them yourself.
  • Buy Chicken with bones in and skin on. It’s much cheaper this way as you’re not paying for someone to de-bone and skin the chicken for you.
  • Don’t buy convenience foods. Jarred pasta sauce can easily be made with a tin of chopped tomatoes and some herbs for half the price. Ready-made Cheese sauce, pesto and pasta sauce are all things you can easily and cheaply make at home.
  • Avoid the snack aisles in grocery stores. It’s very hard to resist those colourful packets and yummy looking chocolates. Rather save yourself the inner battle and avoid them all together.
  • If you are on a strict budget, don’t be embarrassed to bring your calculator with you. Working out the prices per 100g in the shop is a very effective way of saving.
  • For healthier choices, stick to the perimeter of the shop. Meat, vegetables, fruit , diary and bread are usually on the outer perimeters of most grocery stores.
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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Marisa

    Great tips! In most supermarkets, the per 100g unit cost is on the shelf labels as well (you just need to look carefully, it’s usually in tiny print), so you don’t even need to do any calcs yourself – score!

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