If you’re an avid food-lover, then you probably know how expensive grocery bills can be. It’s hard to try and save money when there are so many delicious things out there to be eaten! However, it is possible to still enjoy great food on a budget. It just takes a bit of hard work and some commitment.
Below, we are going to take a look at eight ways to save money while still enjoying delicious food. Sound interesting? Then keep on reading!
Plan your meals in advance
While planning your meals in advance might seem a little extreme to some individuals, it really is one of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill. By deciding what you will eat for the week, you are more likely to buy the necessary ingredients, rather than winging it when you go into the shops.
If you’re not sure how to get started, try using a meal plan template. All you need to do is fill it in (you can even ask your family for some suggestions) and then make a list of what ingredients you need. Just make sure you look in your pantry and fridge first to avoid doubling up!
Try shopping at new places
The grocery store is a very convenient place, and while they do have great deals and discounts, it’s not always going to be the most affordable choice. Local stores, including butchers, bakers, and fruit sellers, might offer more suitable options.
If you’re an impulse buyer, using a home goods delivery service might also be a great option. You’ll only buy what you need, and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home. It’s a win-win!
Spend time researching recipes
Just because you are cutting down on unnecessary food purchases doesn’t mean that what you eat has to be boring. Spend some time searching around for different recipes that you can make at home. For example, with just a few basic ingredients, you can cook your own cakes and cookies, start making bread, create delicious sauces, and more! The options are endless, and there is so much you can do if you put your mind to it.
Grow your own produce
There’s nothing quite like home-grown produce. It’s delicious, rewarding, and you know exactly where everything is coming from. Alongside this, it can save you money each and every time you grow something new. From carrots and pumpkins to herbs and spices. Once you get the hang of things, there is no limit to what you can grow. Check out how to start a vegetable garden if you’re interested!
Buy products in bulk
Buying products in bulk is not only good for an emergency. It can also save you money in the long run. Products in large batches are often more affordable, so it can undoubtedly be worth it. That being said, you do have to be careful. There is no use buying a huge batch of something unless you know it will be eaten!
Set a date each month to dine out
If eating out is where most of your food money seems to be going, you don’t want to cut yourself off completely. This may just cause a relapse, where you go on a spree to all of your favorite restaurants! Instead, pick a day of the month where you can dine out (or one day of the week if you can afford it). It gives you something to look forward to, and you’ll be more likely to stick towards your goals.
Learn how to avoid retailer tactics
When you first walk into a grocery store, you may notice how certain things are arranged. For example, there may be some discounted chocolates at the end of an aisle. The fact is, this is just one of the tricks by retailers to get you to buy things you don’t need. Another example would be the placing of more expensive branded items at eye level, while those that are “store brand” are underneath. It’s easy to get fooled, but the items are made out of the same ingredients most of the time!
Try shopping at night
Last, on the list, another way to save money while shopping is to try doing it at night. Not only will you be less interested in browsing around, but this is often the time when items are reduced to be sold quickly before their expiry.
By following the above, you can save money while still enjoying delicious food! What do you think? Are there any money-saving tips that you would recommend?