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7 Tips To Save On The Weekly Shop

Keeping everyone fed and happy in your home isn’t easy and it isn’t cheap. If you’re a working mom juggling a job away from the home with cooking and shopping for your family it can seem impossible. If you’re trying to do this on a budget it’s even harder so here are 7 tips to make your weekly shop that bit easier and that bit cheaper.

Plan The Week’s Menu
You know what the kids like to eat, you also know what they claim they don’t like but will eat at a push and what they’ll flat out refuse to put near their mouth so plan your week accordingly. Come up with a rough menu, most the food they refuse to eat is the stuff that’s actually good for them but it’s no good for you if it just ends up going in the bin. Plan half the meal to be food they’ll happily eat, one quarter to be the food they’ll eat if they have to and just one quarter to be the ‘yucky’ food. This way they’ve still had enough to eat, they’re still being encouraged to eat the food they don’t like and you’re not throwing half your weekly shop in the bin.

Shopping List
Once you know what you’re going to be serving up for the next week make a list of the ingredients you actually need. Make sure you’ve checked the cupboards properly so you’re not buying what you already have in stock. When you get to the supermarket make sure you’re only buying what’s on that list. If the kids distract you or it’s easier to throw a few things in they want to avoid a full on temper tantrum, don’t take them with you. Leave them with Dad or the child-minder, just make sure they’re not there racking your shopping bill up.

Choose Your Shops Wisely
The chances are you have your preferred supermarket that you stick to for the majority of your shopping. Try looking round your local area and you’ll find small independent shops like green grocers and butchers and in most cases they’ll be cheaper than the larger supermarkets as they don’t have such large overheads. This food is often fresher too and probably doesn’t come from as far away either. It can take a bit of time to find these places but once you know where they are it won’t add much time to your weekly shop and it will save you some cash.

Supermarket Layout
If the majority of your shopping is still coming from your local supermarket it’s important you understand their psychology and layout. When you enter, always go round the outside first as this will have all your perishables and it’s cheaper to stock up on fruit and vegetables than processed meals and snacks which are usually in the centre isles. When you are looking through the isles look towards the higher and lower shelves as this will be where the cheaper alternate brands are. The more expensive brand name items will be right at eye levels to attract you first so don’t let them tempt you unless the brand name version is on your list.

Watch Out For Special Offers
Special offers are usually set by the brand not the supermarket (which is why you’ll often see the same item on different promotions across most the big supermarkets) and they’re done to get you used to their brand. If you are buying products on special offer make sure it is actually something you need and something that’s going to save you money. Three for two are very common but if you only needed one there isn’t usually much point in buying the extra one and it’s bumping up your bill.

Shop Online
If the thought of heading to the shops and taking the kids in tow is not your idea of a happy Saturday why not try doing your shopping online? You will have to pay a bit for delivery but once you’ve factored in your time and the cost of petrol there and back you’re probably going to be in pocket. Suddenly you’ve got an extra two hours back which could be spent with the kids, planning meals for the week or getting on with the other million tasks the average mother has on her plate. If you are shopping online you can make sure you’re just buying the things you need and you’re not getting tempted by any of those special ‘offers’

Big Brands
The big brands spend a lot of time and money developing the best taste which is why they can charge so much money for them. Nine times out of ten the supermarket’s own brand version will be just as good (unless you happen to be a connoisseur of mayonnaise?) and if you’re only shopping for the base ingredients of your meal (potatoes, rice, pasta etc.) you don’t need to be splashing out on expensive brand names. Most supermarkets offer several variations of their own brand, you don’t have to go for the cheapest range every time, more often than not their standard product will be cheaper than the leading brand but always double check.

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