One finds it an outing, the other finds it a tedious household task: shopping. Whether you like it or not, it has to be done! Preferably as cheap as possible, therefore several handy saving tips for weekly shopping.
1. Focus on the offers
If the pasta is on sale, it is useful to stock up on the small stock. Pasta has a long shelf life and is widely eaten in households, so it is handy to have an extra bag at home.
Toiletries are also good for stocking. Toilet rolls, detergent, hand soap, and all-purpose cleaner are products that you always need and can have significant discounts. The danger of paying attention to offers is buying stuff you don’t need at all. So only buy offers if you would also buy them without a discount.
It is also a lot cheaper to make your cleaning products. Done quickly and it saves you a lot of money on weekly shopping.
2. Determine a fixed amount per week to spend on weekly groceries
It is useful to pin this amount, so you know exactly how much money you can still spend. For a household of two adults, 50 euros should be enough (note: this is only for groceries. So not for extra groceries such as shopping for a party, a barbecue, etc.).
3. Think in advance what you want to eat
This tip does require a little preparation, but once you know what you want to eat you can save a lot of money on groceries. Most supermarkets are organized in such a way that your attention is drawn to tasty and often expensive products.
If you only buy what’s on your list, you won’t be tempted to bring extra products you don’t need.
4. Fresh meals versus ready meals
After a long working day, it is, of course, easy to open a package or bag and add some fresh products. Easy? Hell yes. Cheap? No definitely not.
These kinds of packages and sachets are often quite pricey and there is no more than a bag of herbs and some rice. There are many alternatives on the Internet for these packs and bags with an ingredient list. Another advantage: making something yourself is much better than using a pack or bag.
5. Go to a cheap supermarket
In many places, there is a cheap supermarket, such as the Aldi, Lidl, or Turkish supermarket. Today, these stores also have a wide range and are often many times cheaper. The market is also a good place to score (part of) the weekly groceries. Especially fruit and vegetables are usually a lot cheaper here. With this, you can save a lot of money on weekly groceries at once.
If you implement the above tips, you should be able to save on the weekly groceries. You can do fun things with the money saved, such as eating out or planning a weekend trip. So you see again that saving money can be fun.