Great Ways to Save Money on Groceries
Cut your Grocery Bill
Don’t let your food shopping cost more than it should – save money on groceries with these great shopping tips.
Food consumes a large portion of a household’s monthly budget, with each visit to the grocery store leaving a bigger dent than before.
Grocery prices have been steadily climbing for years, with petrol price increases usually to blame.
Unfortunately, grocery costs never really seem to drop when the petrol price comes down.
This has forced many South Africans to cut back on their grocery shopping budget.
Save money on groceries and become an expert shopper with Bardale Village:
While this may seem like a given, comparing prices and having a clear idea of what everything costs will make it easier for you to choose the best deals.
Compare prices for products between different shops, finding the best value for your money.
Be sure to also browse the unit prices of the different brands available to ensure that the best value item makes it into your trolley.
Stick to your Shopping List
Cutting back on impulse shopping is a great way to save money on groceries.
Grocery shops are carefully designed to entice us with delicious smells and strategically placed goodies.
This is why it’s so important to make a grocery list… and stick to it!
Another factor to keep in mind when limiting your impulse buying is:
Don’t Shop Hungry
If you’ve ever gone shopping when you were hungry or thirsty, you’ll know that everything suddenly looks and smells amazing!
Shopping on a full stomach will help reduce impulse buying.
Seek out Specials
Seeking out specials can play a big role in reducing the amount of money you have to spend on groceries each month.
Having an idea of what everything costs will make it easier to judge whether the special actually offers real savings.
Keep an eye on the shelf for any cheaper products, and make sure that the new reduced price isn’t actually higher than what you normally pay.
Avoid Convenience Stores
While convenience stores are often convenient, they are typically more expensive than regular supermarkets.
Rather than having to pop down to the corner shop to restock on bread, milk and the other basics, include them in your weekly/monthly shopping and freeze for later use.
Buying as many VAT-zero items as possible can also help you cut your grocery bill.
Maize meal, rice, fresh and frozen fruit and veg, eggs, brown bread, milk, cooking oil, lentils, and dried beans are all VAT free.
Don’t mistake the reduced “must-go” foods as expired, as they present a great opportunity for saving.
Supermarkets mark down these items as they’re nearing their sell-by date, not after they’ve reached said date.
Be sure to ask your local store when they mark down their items, allowing you to plan your shopping trip in advance.
Watch the Register
With frequently-changing prices, sometimes the scanned price at checkout won’t match its advertised price.
This is why it’s important to be aware of prices and stay vigilant at the register.
While policies vary between stores, some will give you an additional discount on the item, or even give it to you free if there’s a pricing error.
Save Money on Groceries
Do you have any other creative tips or family secrets for saving money on your grocery shopping?
Share them with us in the comments below.
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