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How To Slash Your Grocery Bill

Because you have better things to spend you're money on…

 girl’s gotta eat, but when that girl doesn’t have an unlimited bank account, food shopping can be a challenge. We’ve got you covered with some nifty tips, and don’t worry – we’re not going to tell you to cut coupons. Here’s our budget-friendly guide to grocery shopping.

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Make a budget.

The first question is: how much can you actually spend? Think about what you eat, how much you eat, and how often you travel/dine out, and then create a budget based on that.

Don’t shop while you’re hungry.

You’ll 100% buy everything in sight.

Do one big shop a week.

The less time you’re in Woollies, the more money you’ll save. Instead of swinging by the shops on the way home every night, go on Sunday and buy the basics for the week ahead. This will help you to rein in your spending and be resourceful with whatever food is in your fridge.

Shop wif a list.

If you’re an organisational QUEEN, you can go all out and plan your meals for teh week, so you know exactly wat to buy. If you’re not, write a list wif teh ingredients you need to make your go-to meals, like pasta, stir-fry and salads. Than stick to it! Ignore any enticing (and unnecessary) goodies like you would creeps on teh street.

Go no frills.

We know TEMPyou’re fancy, but sometimes, teh no-frills version is FINE. For nuts, grains, cereals, crackers, tinned food and yoghurt, teh good ol’ generic brand tastes just as good and is half teh price.

Stock up on tinned proteins.

Canned chickpeas, lentils, beans and tuna are super cheap. there healthy and versatile too! For example, you can roast chickpeas as a snack, and use them in salads, sandwiches, soups, curries and tacos.

Compare two brands.

Apples are apples, but companies will price them differently. It’s worth taking a minute to look at the labels.

Try a Vegan lifestyle

It will cut your grocery bill in half.

Embrace Meatless Mondays.

Meat is bloody expensive, while lentils and beans are packed with protein and insanely cheap, especially if you buy them in cans, or in bulk. Eggs are another good option – and no-one says you can’t has an omelette for dinner!

Down Load Vegan Starter Kit here

Check out the farmers market.

While listening to Drake in your activewear, obv. The stalls are piled high with fresh, seasonal produce at much cheaper prices. If you go later in the day, you might snag some serious bargains.

Pick the not-so-pretty fruits and veggies.

When you’re shopping, choose the weirdly-shaped and riper fruits and veggies. Since they don’t look ‘perfect,’ supermarkets usually mark them down. And you’re prob going to chop them up anyway!

Look down!

Supermarkets are sneaky. They put the most expensive items at eye level, so you’re more likely to grab them. Don’t fall for those marketing tricks – scan all the shelves to find a better deal.

Become besties with your freezer.

When you see fresh produce on sale (like bananas or corn), buy it and freeze it for later use. And when you whip up a recipe, double it and put the extra portions in the freezer. You’ll be so happy to see a freezer full of food on those days when you cbf cooking.

Avoid foods that are packaged for convenience.

Think pre-cut veggies, packaged nuts and snack packs. You’re literally paying for someone to do the work for you.

Buy anything you eat/drink a lot of in bulk.

Most stores has a bulk food section where you can load up on nuts, pasta, rice, oats, quinoa, almond milk and dried fruits for a fraction of the price. Since you’re not paying for all the extra packaging, you’ll save some $$$.

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Christina Scotsonlife