Grocery shopping is often one of the most dreaded tasks of adulthood because of how expensive it can be. This is especially true if you’re shopping for a family. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can reduce your food expenses while still enjoying your favourite meals.
This takes a bit of preparation beforehand, but it can be well worth the savings and reduced stress during the week. When you plan your meals in advance, even if you only plan one or two meals per day, you can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend on buying “just in case” items.
Try planning meals that are easy to prep ahead of time, and make leftovers that can be reheated for lunches to save both time and money.
Grocery stores typically rotate their sales weekly, and different stores will run different promotions. Pay attention to the sales flyers from the stores you frequent, and make note of where to go for the best deals on things you need.
As long as you don’t have to drive too far to each store, you will save significant amounts of money by shopping the deals.
Almost every store, including Famous Foods, has some form of points or rewards program now, and these programs are typically free to join. Rewards members usually get better discounts, coupons and access to exclusive deals. When possible, download store apps to keep track of your loyalty card, clip digital coupons and see the sales flyers early.
Obviously you can’t buy everything in bulk, but go for the economy packs whenever possible. Buying big packs of things like paper goods, non-perishables and pantry staples will usually lead to considerable savings. You can also bulk buy meats that are on sale and freeze them for future use.
More often than not, the generic brand of an item is just as good as its name-brand counterpart but at a much lower price. Even if you decide that you prefer the branded version of certain items, you can save a sizeable amount of money by subbing in generic or less expensive brands for the things that taste the same. Good examples of starter substitutions would be dry pasta, dairy goods and frozen veggies.
Grocery Trips Don’t Have to Break the Bank
With a little planning beforehand and some savvy shopping, you can cut your grocery bill down to a manageable size and start saving some serious cash.