How cheesy is this guy? He’s the kind of guy who’s employed by supermarkets and paid big bucks to stop your efforts in terms of making grocery savings. Though his product is certainly as shiny and his smile, you might want to suss out his marketing tactics first. Think of your local supermarket as the cheesy car salesman. They’re trying every trick in the book to take your money. Yes they are…
I am obsessed with saving money at the supermarket and making grocery savings every day, week and season of the year. I’m so devoted to saving myself money, I wrote a 336-page culinary manifesto about the topic. These days, I still can’t stand handing over my hard-earned cash that easily to a cheesy bloke like this.
Check out my tips for making grocery savings simply by choosing the right products. These simple actions will save you much money each week.
Make grocery savings by picking it right
Buy baking products in bulk every season at discount supermarkets.
You can pick up cheap packets of chocolate biscuits at discount stores or even K-mart for just one dollar. Source alternative suppliers like these for lunchbox treats.
Avoid extra trips to the shops by buying bulk loaves of bread and freezing them immediately while fresh. Also watch the thickness of bread. These days sandwich bread can be as thick as toast bread. This could be a marketing trick to make you buy more bread in the long run.
Buy cheese in bulk and cut or grate it yourself.
Chicken – Frozen
Frozen chickens are cheaper than fresh chickens. Defrost them in the fridge before roasting.
Chicken – Pieces
Rather than buying chicken in pieces buy the whole bird. Cut the chicken up into pieces before freezing. Alternatively try buying frozen chicken pieces over fresh chicken. These are cheaper.
Chicken – Roasted
Roast your own chicken instead of buying supermarket cooked chicken. This costs half the price and you will likely get more meat on the chicken.
Buy coffee in bulk when you see it on special. Get to know the best coffee brands. However, beware of cheap coffee. It may take two teaspoons to get a decent strong cup. Buy espresso or quality coffee.
Make a rule to reduce the use of disposable products this year by 50 percent and save.
Buy smaller eggs. No-one really notices the size of an egg. Buy smaller eggs and make cumulative savings.
Frozen food is expensive. You are buying convenience in a bag or box. Buy large freezer bags and try making them yourself.
Fruit and Vegetables
Investigate ways to buy fresh produce in your area, such as at farm gates, produce markets and local discounted suppliers. Fruit andveggies from farm gates are so fresh they are often pulled from the Earth the same day!
If you are buying juice, buy concentrate. It is generally cheaper.
Buy laundry products in bulk each season from your favourite discount store.
Bulk-buy ham in the meat section and slice it up yourself for lunches. This is much cheaper and also stores for longer.
Chicken roll is a good alternative to expensive deli meats. Try to find substitutes for expensive deli meats, which are just as tasty.
Meat – delivery
Buy meat online. Google how to buy meat wholesale online in your area. Get meat delivered and save money on petrol too.
Meat – cheaper cuts
Buy mince, sausages and meat for stews instead of more expensive cuts. Cook up cheaper meat in the slow cooker. The meat will be more tender and delicious.
Save on meat by switching to one or two vegetarian meals each week.
Use substitutes for meat. Make spaghetti Bolognese out of barley instead of mince. Check the ingredients on the packets of vegetarian products and try to make vegetarian versions of a meat substitute yourself.
Milk – freeze it
Avoid extra trips to the shops by buying milk in bulk and freezing it. Defrost the milk in the fridge.
Milk – go for long life
Buy long-life milk and keep it in the pantry. Buy enough to last until your next shop.
Keep powdered milk in the pantry for emergency milk so you do not go to the supermarket and buy unnecessary items.
Milk – buy more of it
Stock up on milk and bread to avoid extra trips to the supermarket.
Stretch out milk. Add half milk and half milk powder together to save. Note: Not recommended for babies.
Compare non-food items in supermarkets with standard retailers. For example, stores like K-Mart.
Buy cheap party food at places like Costco. They offer a great selection of bulk-buy party foods and bulk-buy gourmet cheeses.
Buy pharmaceutical products at discount Chemists rather than at the supermarket.
Buy a pork roast and cut it up into chops yourself.
Seasonal products are fresher, cheaper and have more flavor. As much as possible try to buy fruit and veg when in season.
Avoid buying soft drinks and get used to drinking water. Give everyone in the house a water bottle and keep the bottles chilled in the fridge to make water a more desirable drink.
Spend time on the weekend cutting up veggies and putting them in large freezer bags.
Refill your water bottle out of the tap. Shop bought water can cost more than petrol per litre!
Buy items like yogurt in bulk and create smaller tubs in plastic food containers.