Ok, I’ll admit it! I’m a self-proclaimed queen at budgeting my weekly groceries. I set a budget of $200 a week for our family of six. That’s just $33 per person per week! That includes everything from meat, fruit and veg, to toiletries and cleaning supplies.
Below I’m sharing how I stick to my budget and also some of the ways you can set a budget and save on your weekly groceries too!
This is the most important step to saving money on your groceries. Planning a week’s worth of meals will save you from overbuying, going back to the grocery store for missing items and spending more money then you need to. It’s also one of the best strategies for busy families to prepare for the week.
Since doing my grocery shopping online, I’ve managed to save more money than ever! I search the sale section first and try to plan my meal plan around items that are on sale. I find shopping online helps me stick to the budget and not purchase unnecessary items that I don’t actually need or impulse buying while in the store.
Stick to a shopping list
Write a list AND stick to it! I like to keep a digital list in the notes section on my phone, so when I go to the shops, I always have the list with me. I have a rule to only visit the grocery store ONCE a week. I’ve found each time I go to the shops to get one thing that I’ve forgotten, I end up spending way more than I meant to or should have. So stick to that once-a-week shop!
Take note of what you have in the fridge, freezer and panty
This is a great way to know what you have and need to use up if it’s close to expiry. You don’t want to overbuy and purchase food you don’t need if you’re sticking to a weekly budget. Once every few months, I don’t go grocery shopping at all and challenge myself to use up what I have in the freezer and pantry.
Set a budget and stick to it
I budget $200 a week for a family of six, including all meat and vegetables. That’s just $33 per person per week. Some weeks I manage to come in under that amount, and the extra goes straight into our savings account. If you have younger kids, you could easily budget under this amount. You want the budget to challenge you, as that’s the whole point of having a budget.
Make leftovers your best friend
Pack leftovers in lunches or freeze them! You could also incorporate leftovers into different recipes to use up leftover taco mince, for example. I jump on Pinterest when I have leftovers and look for different types of recipes to use them in. Mince is an easy way that can be used in so many different types of recipes.
Stock up the freezer
Why not double the recipe when making a meal once a week and stock up the freezer!? It’s convenient to have food stored for lazy nights to avoid the temptation of eating out and it’s also a great way to prevent food wastage. Just make sure you use the frozen meals that you’ve stockpiled every few months.
I hope some of these tips help you save money on your weekly groceries!