Grocery shopping, is the one thing that can’t be avoided and the one thing that our earnings must be spent on, yet how can we save money supermarket shopping without having to think about it too much? Prices are changing all the time especially with the current supermarket battle between Woolworths, Coles and ALDI. This may make pricing a little confusing or certainly less consistent than you are used to.
Therefore, today we present to you a variety of tips to keep your supermarket shopping bill as low as possible, whilst helping you to navigate the ever changing waters of the current supermarket industry. Additionally, tied into this post I will throw in some of the hottest deals currently available at these supermarkets so you can save even more money during your next shop.
First things first, you need to think about what you are comfortable spending and stick to it like glue. Begin by allocating a weekly or monthly amount of money for your supermarket shop so you have some set guidelines to adhere to. If you constantly spend a differing amount on food shopping then you are likely to overspend consistently, which isn’t a good thing.
Not everyone has the time to check out the prices of their food online before they hit the supermarket, but it can make all the difference if you were to simply check the deals that they have during that day or week. Knowing the deals can mean the difference between simply shopping to your budget or adding extra value to your money saving shop. Deals on meat and other item specials can also help you mix up your weekly meal plans.
If this seems like too much hard work, try using the ALDI Special Buys app or websites like Grocery Cop. These services also give you the ability to set up reminders that make deal hunting even easier.
Kick your money saving supermarket shop off to a champion start by asking staff where the discounted area is before going anywhere else. Generally you will find slightly damaged goods e.g. dented tins or food produce that is about to expire and it can be snapped up for heavily discounted prices. If you plan your shopping in the evenings then you will find these discounted areas more full from the food not sold during that day. Most supermarkets discount the products near their use-by date towards the end of the day.
Upon finding special offers and money saving deals don’t simply take advantage of it this week, stock up on enough to cover you for as long as you can afford. The bigger the pack size, generally the lower the unit price and this is synonymous both with food and non-perishable items e.g. soap, toilet paper etc. If it’s food produce you are buying in bulk, check to see if it can be frozen to extend the amount of time you can store it.
Pre-prepared and pre-chopped
It’s a great idea to buy chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, meat etc. because the hard work has been done for you, but unfortunately it benefits the supermarkets financially more than it does you. Why pay them to chop 10 mushrooms when you can do it for free and save roughly 15 -25% during the process. You wouldn’t give someone 25% to sell your property, so on a smaller scale why would you do it to with your food? Over the years these pre-prepared products can amass to large sums of money you don’t need to spend, so try to avoid if you can.
Recommended Retail Price
The recommended retail price (RRP) is always the figure supermarkets want to bring to your attention on a price label, but if you have read savvy shopping tips in the past then you will know the unit price is the only figure you should be checking. The best value for money items are found by using the unit price to compare e.g. price per 100g or per kg.
Empty Stomach Food Shopping
This may be easier to avoid on the weekend, but if you plan on doing food shopping on the way home from work, try to drink plenty of water so you don’t feel too hungry. This is because there is a direct link between feeling hungry and impulse buying that will potentially cause you to bust the budget. We have all been there when we have bought things we didn’t really need purely because we were hungry when shopping.
Global warming and pollution is on every businesses agenda, because whilst it’s something of paramount importance to the human race, it’s also a money-spinning tool for corporations like supermarkets. Bring your own bag and avoid paying for plastic ones in store to save money when supermarket shopping. If you and your partner bought 3 x 0.05¢ bags each per week when food shopping then over the course of 1 year the total would cost you both $15.60. Over the course of your lifetime e.g. 50 years of buying supermarket bags, this would cost you $780 on an item you only dispose of. Quick fix: take your own reusable bag.
Finally, after all of the hard work of food shopping is over, double-check your receipt to ensure you haven’t been charged twice for an item or that a discount or deal hasn’t been included correctly. People make mistakes and so do machines so before you scamper out of the store, give your receipt the once over for total piece of mind.