Groceries

7 Tips to save on groceries

Groceries always come out more expensive than you had in mind and then you also forget some ingredients and you have to go back and take too much with you. Do you recognize this? Then these tips are also useful for you.

Make a weekly menu

By deciding in advance what you will eat, you only get the products that are needed for your meals that week in the supermarket. You no longer have to decide in the store what to eat and then take things with you for more than you can eat in a week. You can save even more by connecting the menus during the week, so that you can use ingredients that are left over from one meal into another one.

Create a shopping list

Having a shopping list and sticking to it keeps you in control of spending on groceries. Also take a look at what you already have at home and do not put it on your shopping list. Don’t be tempted to buy other things that aren’t on your list. Put some tasty things on your list so you don’t have to feel tempted in the store to buy something that is not on your list. Once caught something that is not on your list then you think oh that is also possible.

Shop for groceries once a week

The less you are in the supermarket, the less tempted you are to buy more. Pick a day and go with your list and buy everything you need.

Leave A-brands

Leave the A-brands and choose a good alternative house brand if you can. Saves a lot of money. A-brands are often at eye level, but if you look down or up, you see the house brands and they are often just as good. Sometimes they even come from the same factory.

Do not go shopping with an empty stomach or children

If you are hungry, you can buy everything that you like at the moment, because your stomach tells you that you need it. You don’t need them at all. Eat something and then go shopping and leave your children at home, because they often want something and that is not on your shopping list, so you spend more money than budgeted.

Eat leftovers

If you have food left over, you can easily eat it another day, so keep it. It is nice for lunch or sometimes you can freeze it. So storing leftovers doesn’t have to mean eating the same food for three days.

What amount to budget for groceries

If you have no idea how big you should budget for food, NIBUD has guidelines you can try out to see what your shopping budget will be. I took there guidlines and put my groceries budget at 49 euros a week including small groceries as a bottle of water and lunch out.

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