As a family of 3, we spend anything between £40 and £60 on food shopping a week, and I know we are not as thrifty as we could be. I reckon if we tried a bit harder, we could probably lower it for now. It can take some time to be a bit more frugal when it comes to food shopping, but with a little bit of effort, it can be done.
5 ways to save money on food shopping
- Meal Planning
Not only does this make life a lot easier (no standing in front of a fridge at 5pm trying to work out what to do for tea) but it saves money and reduces the amount of food you end up throwing away. I post my meal plan every Monday – I sit down beforehand, look in the fridge, freezer and cupboards so I know what I already have in to work around. Once I’ve done that, I create my meal plan and then write my shopping list.
- Use leftovers
Like 90% of people, we still haven’t quite got the hang of how much pasta we need to cook for one meal. We could probably invite the rest of Birmingham for tea and still have leftovers. Instead of throwing the leftovers away, I pop it in the fridge in a lidded container. I throw in some tuna and sweetcorn and lunch for the next couple of days is sorted. The same with bolognese leftovers. That gets frozen, and can easily be turned into chilli con carne by added some chilli powder and kidney beans, or a base for a lasagne. Leftover sausages get chopped up and added into omelettes.
- Look online for deals and collect coupons
Websites such as Latest Deals are great for finding some real bargains. Alternatively, look in supermarket magazines and online for coupons to use against your weekly shop
- Stock up on your store cupboard
If you use herbs and spices in your cooking, instead of spending £1.50 or whatever on a small jar of them go to your local Asian grocery shop ( and buy the bigger bags of them. They are usually cheaper for the big bag than they are for the small jars, and just refill the jars with them. If you eat a lot of rice and have the space, consider buying one of the huge bags. Things like that can work out a lot cheaper in the long run – as long as you do use it and have the space to store it!
- Reduced sections
Whenever we go shopping, we take a peek at the reduced section. Sometimes you have to be there as soon as the stuff is put out because it goes really quickly but sometimes, you can pick up a few bargains. We pick up quite a bit of fish, which is expensive usually, and pop it in the freezer.
What are your tips for saving money on food shopping?