From bills to transport and everything in between, weekly expenses can quickly add up. For people who are in need of extra money in an emergency, a short term loan can help but there are also many alternative ways you can save money. Food shopping is one of the largest expenses people encounter during in the week but, unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid it. Here’s how to save money on your weekly shop.
Make sure you come up with a meal plan and devise a shopping list based on exactly what you will need to make the week’s meals. Try to choose things which can be made in bulk, like pasta bakes, to save you even more money. Knowing exactly what you need and sticking closely to your list will prevent you from impulse buying items which will only get thrown away later! Check your cupboards before you shop to make sure you don’t double up on some items needlessly. Remember, supermarkets are laid out with the intention to make you spend as much as possible- so avoid being tempted by those last minute till counter purchases.
Going to do your weekly shop might not be your favourite way to spend your evening, but it could save you a considerable amount of money. Supermarkets tend to reduce the prices of perishable goods like meat later in the day because they can’t be sold after their ‘best before’ date. Snapping up these bargain purchases is worthwhile because most items are still fine to consume a few days after their ‘best before’ date.
If your local supermarket offers a loyalty scheme then make sure you take advantage of it. Keep an eye out for any coupons you are sent as a result of being a loyalty card member, they all add up to help you reduce the cost of your weekly shop. Additionally, try searching online for any special discount codes you might be entitled to. There are lots of websites out there that will help you find money off coupons or highlight any promotional discounts a shop may be offering. Doing a bit of research before you shop can really make a difference at the till.
Sometimes the simplest way to save money on your food shopping is to switch supermarket. We often get stuck in a routine of going to the same place and buying the same products, but the chances are you could find a cheaper alternative. There are many websites online dedicated to comparing the cost of you weekly shop to help you find the cheapest option.
Avoid Shopping Online
Shopping online is convenient but it can add a considerable amount to your weekly shop. There are delivery charges to consider, and most supermarkets have a minimum basket charge, which means you could end up spending more than you need to. It is also far easy to add items you don’t really need to your basket, as you don’t have to physically add the items to your basket.
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