Eat like a king on a shoestring budget
Cutting the grocery budget doesn’t have to stop you from eating well. Eat like a king on a shoestring budget with our thrifty tips.
Shopping with your keyboard is a great way to save money and stick to budget – you can easily compare prices, filter to shop products on special and check your total spend before ordering. And you won’t be as tempted by the chocolate bars at checkout!
Don’t shop hungry
A hungry shopper in a supermarket is like a kid in a candy store… you want all of it! Which of course doesn’t help when you’re trying to stick to a budget. You’ll be tempted to buy food that appeals to you at the time, likely to be donuts rather than lettuce!
Keep an eye out for specials
Shopping for deals is a no-brainer, but you can also shop for food you don’t need right now. Keep a list in your head of all those non-perishable or freezable goods that you regularly buy, and stock up when you see them on special. Canned food, sauces and pasta will keep for months. Onions and capsicum, bananas, berries, corn can all be frozen raw until ready to use. Other fruit and veges can be frozen after a little bit of prep. You can also buy meat on reduced price, and throw it straight in the freezer for another day.
Grow your own
If you don’t have space (or green thumbs) for a vege garden, growing herbs and salad greens is one of the best ways to save money, avoid waste, and add great flavor.
Shop in season
Knowing what’s in season (and seasonal prices) can make a big difference to your meal planning, and grocery bill. As well as saving money, making the most of produce in season means you’ll be buying fruit and veges at its most delicious.
Air-tight containers are your friend to avoid wasting precious (and costly) food. Keeping air and bugs out of food in your pantry and fridge will help keep your food for much longer. They also avoid mess in your cupboard and fridge shelves. You don’t need to overhaul your entire pantry and fridge to be a Pinterest-worthy image of storage perfection. One place to start is your salad green bags – keeping them in the stuffy plastic bag they come in happens to be the worst way to store them. Other foods that benefit hugely from airtight storage include flour, sugar, rice and spices. Try to use leftovers where you can – pizza or pasta can be a great (and delicious) way to use up any leftover veges or meat.
Planning dinners ahead of grocery shopping means you’ll avoid waste, won’t be caught missing an ingredient, and avoid double-ups with a quick pantry audit. Since meat is often a significant cost of a meal, you can check out meat specials online prior to a shop and plan meals around the best deals.