Savvy Savings at the Supermarket

Our supermarket bills are one of our biggest expenses each week and we obviously can’t go without it – but we can make a big difference to what we’re splashing our cash on. And the good news is you can eat well and save money! With some pre-planning (don’t forget the shopping list) you can stock your pantry and fridge with budget-friendly staples. 
Saving at the supermarket doesn’t mean you need to eat rubbish. In fact, packaged foods tend to be more expensive, so by eating foods made from scratch you’ll also save money.

Plan ahead.

If you shop without a list, you will no doubt spend more. Meal planning does more than save time at the end of a long day, it will also save you money at the supermarket. Make sure to include snacks in your planning and don’t forget to write a list of any household items you need. Most important of all, stick to the list! Get everything you need in one weekly shop, with a quick and easy mid-week top-up to minimise waste, save time and save money.

  • Try your local fruit shop for the tastiest in-season fruit and vegetables.
  • Choose items with the longest expiry date.
  • Less processed bread like wholemeal and wholegrain contain more nutrients and essential vitamins and are more filling than the more processed white bread.
  • Keep an eye out for specials. Don’t be afraid to buy in bulk and store in the freezer to save more.
  • Always check what’s in your pantry before starting your weekly shop.

Save on nappies.

There are no two ways around it – nappies are not only necessary for your baby, but they can also be very expensive.

Did you know that by buying cloth you could save enough money for a family holiday to Fiji?  Or even all your major baby purchases. It’s true, you really can save a lot just by using cloth nappies. Most babies are potty trained around 2-3 years old, so working on averages, that equals 6500 nappy changes, approx. 70 cents per disposable nappy, and a grand total of $4550 for disposable nappies! There are lots of Australian cloth nappy businesses out there. Here’s an introduction to some of them.

If you’ve been considering going the reusable route, all I can say is: DO IT. Now. It’s never too late, and you will LOVE it.

Buy home brand basics.

Flour is flour and rice is rice. Despite the $3+ difference in price on the packet, there really is no difference in taste. You can save $10-20 per shop simply by exchanging name brands for the home brand on the basics.

Woolworths Homebrand is a range of everyday household products that are great value for money. Providing low prices on a total range of everyday items. The range includes dairy, meat, snacks, and treats, along with cleaners and staple ingredients used in cooking. In addition to this, check out Woolworth’s great half-price specials here.

Reduce waste.

How much of your supermarket shop ends up in the bin each week? A few tomatoes here and lettuce there all add up.

Try to buy only what you will use and where possible, buy non-perishable alternatives.

Snap-frozen veggies have been shown to have just as many nutrients (sometimes more) than their “fresh” alternatives. Buying frozen where possible saves on waste and is often cheaper. This is especially true for anything not in season.

Buy online.

If you tend to get the shock of your life at the cash register, then try shopping online. Coles & Woolworths stores offer free click-and-collect options, and it can be a great way to save time and save money.

Shopping online avoids impulse buys and lets you keep track of what you are spending. You can also easily compare pricing and choose the cheaper option when sitting on the couch at home. Something that isn’t always possible mid-shop when you are time poor.

Avoid packaged foods.

Packaged foods contain more additives, salt, sugar, and preservatives plus they generally cost more. Do your health a favour and avoid pre-packaged foods wherever possible.

There are countless swaps for many packaged products.:

  • Trade your sugary breakfast cereal for a bowl of oats with fresh fruit.
  • Pop your own popcorn on the stove in place of microwave popcorn.
  • Whip up a homemade vinaigrette with olive oil and vinegar to drizzle over salads in place of processed dressings.
  • Make trail mix using nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for a healthy alternative to store-bought varieties.
  • Top your salads with nuts or seeds instead of a packet of croutons.

In addition to healthier eating, you may want to try The Healthy Mummy, they understand that keeping your spending down during your weekly shop can be hard, especially when you have a family to feed. You can still eat well and be on a healthy weight-loss diet on a budget!

Eat less meat.

Most people spend a big chunk of their weekly budget on meat. If you choose expensive cuts and eat large amounts of meat for every meal the cost really adds up.

Try to plan meals with less meat. There are heaps of healthy vegetarian or even vegan choices that will fill you up and cost much less than a traditional meat-filled meal, saving you money. Less meat in your diet can also be a healthier choice for your family and the environment. Try some delicious vegetarian recipes here.

You can also take control of your health for good by utilising Noom. Noom uses the latest in proven behavioural science to empower people to take control of their health and wellness. Explore how you can be the healthiest version of yourself today!

By eating healthy whole foods, planning, and choosing cheaper options where they are available you really can save money on your supermarket shop each week. Eating for less doesn’t have to mean eating low-quality food, you just need to learn to shop more effectively create new, healthy habits, and most importantly this will help save you money!


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Making your grocery budget go further

Happy couple doing grocery shopping with woman sitting in shopping trolley at a supermarket

It’s amazing how you can stretch your grocery budget when you shop smart. Getting more in your trolley for spending the same amount (or less) is a fun challenge and it can easily be done! All it takes is a little planning to do some savvy shopping. Here’s our top ten Shopa tips for getting more for less.

Tip 1 – Do a weekly meal plan and shopping list (and stick to it!)

Clever marketers spend millions of dollars each year on tactics to try and get you to spend more. Supermarket managers also carefully place their product displays to try and get you to buy more. (Think lollies at children’s eye level!)

Have you ever wondered why the ‘staple’ grocery items are usually near the back of a supermarket and the ‘impulse’ items are near the checkout? We’ve all done it – Walked through the aisles to the back of the store where the milk is and grabbing unnecessary extras on the way through and then picking up chocolate and a magazine at the checkout.

But if you plan your meals for the week and do a shopping list (app lists are handy!) and stick to it, you’ll be in front. You’ll keep more money in your pocket and won’t buy anything that you don’t really need. Except maybe the chocolate.

Tip 2 – Do a checklist before you shop

You’ll often be surprised at what’s in your pantry, fridge or freezer that you’d forgotten about and can include in a meal. Check the perishable items for freshness and expiry dates so you’re not buying things you don’t need. Grab your reusable shopping bags and off you go!

Tip 3 – Look for specials

Keeping an eye out for specials is a sure-fire way to make your grocery dollars go further. Every supermarket has weekly specials and clearances that can help you save money. More expensive items like meat are often marked down the day before…..It’s a great idea to check the discounted products out online before you shop and plan your meals (and your shopping list) around them.

Tip 4 – Shop alone (if you can)

If you can avoid taking your kids with you when you shop, make sure you do. Kids can use ‘pester power’ and you’ll be out of cash and patience!

Tip 5 – Use supermarket rewards programs

Many supermarkets offer loyalty programs. The more you spend with them, the more points you earn. Once you reach are certain number of points, you’re entitled to a discount off your grocery bill. Some even offer other freebies. It’s also worth checking out if there’s a credit card that has a points loyalty program partnered with your supermarket. Every bit helps.

Tip 6 – Buy non-perishable items in bulk and store them

Buying non-perishable groceries in bulk and storing them can save you plenty of money (and time re-purchasing) in the long run. Things like toothpaste, kitchen towels, toilet paper (if you didn’t over buy during lockdown!), shampoo, washing detergent, handwash and soap, tinned food, rice, pasta, tea, coffee and soft drinks bought in bulk can often save you heaps! Keep an eye out for the best deals on your regular buys.

Tip 7 – Making meals from scratch

Home-made meals using natural ingredients will not only save you money, they’re usually better for you too. Fruit and vegetables that are ‘in season’ will usually be cheaper too! There’s plenty of recipes online based around seasonal buys.

Tip 8 – Cook to create leftovers

Cooking more than you and your family need for your nightly meal is a great way to get a cheap second meal the next day out of the leftovers. This is a really handy tip if you need work lunches – you could easily save $50 a week by bringing your own food to work.

Tip 9 – Try different (cheaper) brands

It’s good to try other brands – you might find a better option and a new ‘favourite’. Supermarket brands are also cheaper than ‘name’ brands and they’re worth checking out.

Tip 10 – Don’t shop when you’re hungry

This is a rookie error….If you do, you’ll end up buying more!

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