If you find that you’re spending too much, then you may be considering how to save money on your weekly shop; thankfully George Thompson from new financial advice on-demand website MoneyCounsel.co.uk is on hand to provide a few hints and tips to leave you with plenty to enjoy yourself with at the end of the month.
Make meal plans
Most people get carried away when they’re food shopping, and will pick things up that they like the look of. This is fine, but if they don’t know when they’re going to use the items, they may find that they simply get thrown away at the end of the week because they have gone out of date before they could be used. To avoid this from happening, you should write down a list of all of the meals you’re going to be eating in the following week, and buy only the ingredients for those meals. Not only will this save you money, but it also means that less food would be wasted, which is great for the planet overall.
Don’t worry about brands
Many people feel that buying branded goods is the only way that they can assure the quality of their food, but this is not the case. No matter which type of food you buy in store, it will still have gone through the same procedure as all food to make sure that it is safe to be eaten. By eating unbranded or own branded products, you could cut a huge portion of your spending, without having to notice any difference in the taste of your food.
Make the most of offers
When you see that things are on offer in store, stock up if you can. If there are offers on staples like pasta and rice, that do not go out of date quickly, then you could pick up as much as you can reasonably store. Make sure that the deal is good, though, and that the product cannot be bought for cheaper elsewhere.
If you always shop in one supermarket, then you might not be getting the best value for money. By alternating between different shops, you will see which products are cheaper and where, and this means that you can make the most of the cheaper things in each store when you go there. Other shops, such as high street value stores, may also have bargains, and these are things that you could make the most of when you’re out and about.
By being organised and making a plan, you should find that you are able to save money on your weekly shop without having to go without the things that you like. This means that less money will be wasted, and therefore more will be available for the things that you really love and need.