Food is an essential part of day to day life and can be a very expensive cost to your daily budget. Luckily there are ways to get around the cost of food, here are 8 ways you can save money on your food budget.
- Reduced Aisle
When out shopping be sure to check out the reduced aisle of your chosen supermarket. They often have pretty good stuff for cheap as they will be going out of date soon, but you will spend a fraction of the cost you would at full price.
2. Bring Your Own Bags Shopping
Here in the UK we have to pay for our shopping bags known as the plastic bag tax, which is understandable for the environment. Every penny counts so make sure to take your own bags when shopping.
3. Plan Ahead
Make a shopping list and stick to it! This will lead to less temptations around the supermarket that are not necessary for your needs.
4. Supermarket Own Brands
Supermarket own brands are usually similar to the big brand items but are much cheaper and taste just as good. Now I’m not saying to choose the economy brand, but if you did you will probably triple your savings!
5. Packed Lunches Are Great!
Take a packed lunch to work with you. It can be really tempting to buy lunch on your break especially if you work in an area located next to a lot of fast food joints and you can end up spending a lot of money in these places. You will save a lot of money in the long run if you take your food to work.
6 Stop Eating Out
When we go out to eat at restaurants we can often rack up the bill quite high depending on what we order. If you go out to eat once in a while then that’s not too bad, but if you eat out a lot then try and cut back as you will save yourself a lot of money.
7. Use Coupons
Food coupons are a great way to save money on your food shop and can be found in promotional leaflets sent through your letterbox and in free supermarket magazines. These coupons are often to collect items for free or to save you money say 50% off for example.
8. Supermarket Points Card
Get paid to go shopping, sounds great! If you have a points card which are usually free to get, you have points added to your card when your scan your card at the checkout. You can then redeem these points for money off vouchers at a later date.
So there you have it, 8 frugal tips to help you with your food budget.