Reduce your shopping bill

iStock_000004719100XSmall1-283x218As food prices continue to creep upwards, so do our shopping bills. Here are some helpful tips designed to shave money off your next shopping bill!

1. Plan and write a shopping list
…and stick to it! Buy only what you really NEED, not WANT.

2. Look beyond eye level on the shelves
…companies pay valuable money to stock their goods at your eye-height, try looking up or down for cheaper options.

3. Buy fruit and veg that’s in season
…it will be cheaper and fresher.

4. Always check your receipt
…you should aim to spend approximately 40% of your food budget on fruit and veg.

5. Compare prices
…remember if fresh produce is out of season or too expensive, frozen or canned varieties are a great option.

6. Freeze seasonal produce
…orange segments, mango slices, pineapple pieces, grapes, cherries, berries and melon chunks freeze well and make quick tasty snacks or desserts throughout the year.

7. Meat is almost always more expensive per kilogram than vegetables or fruit
…try changing your recipes to use less meat and more vegetables (See Easy Ideas To Boost Your Fruit and Vegetable Intake).

8. Avoid buying pre-made meals
…cooking meals from scratch is usually cheaper than buying equivalent ready meals. Cook in bulk and freeze portions for quick easy meals in the future.

9. Don’t go shopping when you are bored, angry, tired or hungry
…these are the times when you are more likely to reach for those unhealthy snacks and junk foods.

10. If possible, shop without the kids
…it will be much easier, faster and less stressful!