Five Ways To Save Money On Food Shopping

After welcoming Josiah King into our lives, I have slowly come to realize how everything quickly piles up. Not just the laundry … I am talking about the bills too! That’s right. Especially now that he is officially in his toddler stage, he is eating more solid foods. Then add a surprise blessing in the mix, where this little guy is making his debut in just a few months –even more that I need to figure out additional ways to save.

You don’t need to change what you eat or cut down on the quality of your family’s meals in order to save money. Implementing the five suggestions below into your shopping and cooking routine is easy and means you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods for less.

Shop online
Besides the obvious benefit of being able to shop without leaving your living room, online shopping is a great way to keep track of your spending. Higher-priced branded products do not clamor for your attention in prime shelf positions as they do in the stores – instead, you search for what you want and select the most competitively priced, accurate match.

Your shopping accumulates as a list with a running total, making it easy to avoid last-minute shocks at the cost of your groceries when you check out. If you creep over your budget, you can scroll through the list and remove any unnecessary extras or impulse buys before you are committed to paying for them.

Most of the major supermarkets offer online shopping, with many providing incentives to do so, be it with a loyalty scheme, money-off vouchers, or discounted delivery.

Get freezing
When it comes to buying fresh produce, we are often advised to obtain little and often, so as to minimize the throwing away of food that has passed its use-by date without being consumed. However, many fresh products, particularly meat, can be cheaper to buy in bulk. With almost every supermarket offering ‘multibuy’ deals on new packs of meat, it makes sense to take advantage of the offers, stock up, and reap the rewards. Anything you don’t need to use immediately can be frozen for meals later in the week or month.

An excellent fit for this task is the Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerator. It helps shoppers organize load of content with ease. The biggest takeaway is that it includes 5 tempered glass shelves (4 of which are adjustable and half-width), it is also masterfully designed with 3-gallon door bins as well as 2 humidity-controlled compartments. All of which provide ample space for storing and even freezing items. To top it all, it is equipped with an ingenious three-tier layered freezer drawer system that creates extra storage for frozen items.

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Shop at the end of the day
It’s not unusual to see shoppers hovering around the area of the supermarket aisles that display the ‘reduced’ stock – products that have been slashed in price due to an impending use-by date. Smart planning of your shopping can mean using these low prices to your advantage (as long as you avoid the trap of buying food that you don’t need and won’t eat just because it’s cheap!).

As closing time looms, fresh items whose ‘best before’ or ‘sell by’ dates fall on that particular day are reduced to ensure that they are sold. Many of them – mainly fruit and vegetables, which can remain fresh and usable past the date on the pack – are still in perfect quality, and most of them are dramatically reduced in price (sometimes up to a 90% discount).

The only thing to be careful of here is the language around the dates on the packets. ‘Use by’ means that it must be used by that date, so if you are buying fresh meat or dairy, you must make sure that it is eaten or frozen immediately. ‘Best before’ dates are for guidance only, and it is not dangerous to eat food labeled in that way beyond the time stated.

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Cut down on meat
You may be saving on the cost of meat by buying in bulk, but you can make what you have bought last even longer with clever ‘padding out’ using suitable vegetables. For example, a grated carrot is a perfect, secret boost to dishes using mince, making it go much further, while also providing an extra portion of health-boosting vegetables. By adding vegetables in this way, you can reduce the amount of meat you are using and, often, get two meals out of the amount you would usually use for one.

Use every last bit
It sounds obvious, but avoiding waste is essential when minimizing food expenditure. Commonly discarded foods, such as bones (perfect for making stock and, therefore, saving money on buying stock cubes or ready-made soup), surplus vegetables (cooked, leftover vegetables make a delicious ‘bubble and squeak’), and offal (a key component in many delicious dishes) can all be used to create additional dishes. Before you throw any food away, be sure that there isn’t another way in which it can be cooked or served.

There you have it, folks! My TOP Five Ways To Save Money On Food Shopping. If you have other creative ideas, hacks or tips, I would love to know all about it so I can implement it and share it with everyone too. Let me know if any of these tips have helped in any way. Until next time. xx

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  • Tara Pittman

    Food shopping can be expensive. These are tips that I need to try.

  • Stacie

    A deep freezer and a food sealer are your two best friends for saving money on groceries. These are all great tips.

  • Nicoke

    These are so great tips! I love to freeze things!

  • Nate

    All very solid tips. I even bought a second fridge because I buy stuff in bulk and freeze them. You’re so right about buying meat in bulk.

  • robin rue

    These are all such great tips. I am always looking for ways to save!

  • Sunshine

    great ideas! Very useful for someone like me.

  • Amy

    I am guilty of not using every last bit and throwing food away. I really need to plan my shopping trips much better.

  • Kathy

    These are some really good tips. I always try to find the best deals when shopping for food. I love using coupons too. That fridge looks amazing as well. I’d love one of those.

  • Myrah Duque

    These tips are so helpful. Everyone should have a deep freezer and a food sealer. They make our lives so much easier.

  • Heather Castillo

    These are all excellent ways to save money on food shopping. I’m glad to see I’m already doing a few of them!

  • Stephanie Stebbins

    These are great tips! I didn’t know about shopping at the end of the day, but now I am definitely going to be a hoverer (lol) as well!

  • Meagan Ivie

    I’m always amazed at the foods that you’re okay to freeze! So many great ways to save on money.

  • Sherry

    I really do need to start shopping smarter. I haven’t tried shopping for my groceries online yet but I will try that. I find when we go to the store we buy unnecessary items.

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    I love you, Angela! You have mentioned something very dear and important to me. It’s about using every last bit of food that I have! We minimise wastage, storage wars and also, help out somebody else, in the process!

  • Catalina

    These are very useful tips! Thanks for sharing them! We spend a lot of money on food shopping!

  • Maysz

    These are great points about Save money on food shopping actually we go market and grocery store once a week to buying food good for one week it really helps to save money instead of buying everyday 🙂

  • Angela

    I think we’d all like to save money on food shopping.

  • Lisa Joy Thompson

    I love that the Bosch refrigerator can keep food fresh up to 3x longer. That’s a total game changer. When my daughter heard at school how much food American’s throw away, she was appalled and came home to talk about it with me. When I explained that we throw away tons of leftovers that don’t get eaten, etc, she asked that we start eating leftovers 3 nights a week instead of 1. It’s helped us reduce the amount we spend on groceries and the amount we throw away.

  • A Chronic Voice

    Thanks for the fab tips! I use some of these in my every day life, but actually never heard of the refrigerator. The FarmFresh system sounds amazing, I’ll need to look into it!

  • Nichola - Globalmouse

    Great tips, I really want to get better at freezing meals, it’s so easy to make bigger portions and freeze half to get another meal from it. I need to do that as well as buy in bulk.

  • Jill Nunn

    Great tips! We are always going over our budget when it comes to food shopping!

  • Cassie Mayers

    I can give you one more way! Don’t go shopping when hungry! I have bought way to much when shopping when hungry. On a full tum, I don’t over indulge on food and snacks.

  • Erin

    Any way to save money is great. Especially if it is on food! Thanks!

  • Toni

    These are really awesome and helpful tips! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • NIcky

    I didn’t know that you could find deals later in the day. I thought I’d find those earlier in the day.

  • Matt Taylor

    All very good ways to save money!! And cut those coupons! haha My supermarket makes it so easy with online coupons, you just search for them on their site and load it to your profile. Then they are automatically used at checkout as long as you have that item. Pretty awesome.

  • Sarah Bailey

    These are some great tips I think it can be so easy to have wastage and the cost of that so quickly builds up! Freezing bits can be a brilliant way to help.

  • Wren

    I think these are amazing tips to save some money. Food shopping is a vital thing, It is important to save money where you can.

  • Scott J DeNicola

    I have found some of the big box stores like Costco by me or BJs or Sams have a great meat department and good deals. A freezer bag goes a long way to having meals for the future. I’d also add not to shop when you’re hungry. Typically if you’re hungry and go to the supermarket you buy a ton of stuff you don’t need. Also, don’t take your kids with you if you can at all avoid it. They throw so much extra stuff int eh cart that they really don’t need.

  • joy

    you’re right. food shopping can definitely be expensive. your kitchen looks incredible in those pics! wow!!

    Joy at The Joyous Living

  • Garf

    I like this spacious kitchen. Thanks for sharing these tips. I sure want to save on money on food shopping.

  • HilLesha O'Nan

    These are wonderful tips! I love how sleek and modern the Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerator is.

  • Emman Damian

    I love shopping online now. You get a lot of discounts. Also, delivery is free. No need to drive!

  • tweenselmom

    That kitchen is a thing of envy for me. How I wish I’ll have that kind of kitchen in my lifetime.

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    Some great suggestions here, I am now freezing a lot of the items especially bread so it stays fresh and to reduce wastage

  • Lora Frost

    This is one of my biggest pains on a weekly basis. Shopping for 2 people can be a challenge, especially when you try and eat as green as possible. Thank you for sharing the tips. Saving the link for the refigerator, may work well in one of my builds.

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    Great, practical tips here that I do use to varying degrees all the time. I am fairly time-poor during the week, so shopping online is really useful for saving time and still getting specials in the process. I also freeze when I buy in bulk as well which saves money as well as time shopping when it will keep.

  • Natasha Romero Salas

    I freeze a lot of meats and it really saves so much money. I also love the grated carrots idea,

  • Celebrate Woman Today

    This is a great brand that I have trust in. What a nice addition to the family’s great time cooking and eating!

  • Sara | mshealthesteem.com

    Loving your tips! There are lots of budgeting options when it comes to grocery shopping. This will help so many so much 🙂

  • Claudia Krusch

    Love all your tips! Can’t wait to use some to start saving!

  • Kiwi

    I would love this frige. Its so fancy and elegant and has smart features I love it!

  • Julie Syl

    Love the features of it.. Bosch appliances are really great and innovative. Thanks for sharing this review.

  • Lyosha

    awesome tips! Food shopping is something you just have to do all the time. Saving on it is always very useful

  • Kelly martin

    These are really good tips for saving money on groceries. I like the look of the Bosch counter depth refrigerator. That would come in handy in my house.

  • Playdays and Runways

    We have just started meal planning and only buying what we need for the week ahead. this has really help cut down costs

  • Rebecca Smith

    These are some great tips. I am always freezing stuff – my freezer is always full of extra portions!

  • Yaya

    I currently shop online as there is so little temptation compared to shopping in store. I always try to use up every last bit too – leftovers are always used in our house and I like to make stocks too.

  • Emily

    These are great tips, were pretty good in my house at not wasting anything

  • Berlin

    I love tha tlind of refrigerator. Which reminds me that I need to hustle more In Order to buy that dream ref I always wanted.

  • Steph s

    Great tips I never thought to shop at the end of the day!!

  • Dreams Abroad

    I love your tip of “shop at the end of the day,” not only does this save money but it is an introvert’s dream. I do not like buying food at peek times of the day of week. Shopping during this time also really wastes your days and it never seems like you get in and out quickly.

  • Melanie williams

    There are some really good tips here for sure. Always shop first thing…maybe I need to change this xx

  • Mudpiefridays

    I love all of this information and they are so simple and easy to implement! Thank you.

  • Elizabeth O

    love this topic! every single one of them is such an important saving tips. Thanks so much for sharing

  • AMY

    I love this topic, always gives me a little bit of sense what I need to do and be prepared for. Thanks!

  • Subhashish Roy

    All wonderful ideas truly. Money saved is as good as money earned. These days online food shopping here in India too is really about getting some great deals.

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    We started to bulk buy meat a few years ago, I potion it up before freezing and it has made preparing meals so much easier

  • Sonia Seivwright

    I used to enjoy food shopping. However, these are good tips to save some money.

  • Elizabeth Williams

    Great tips for saving money on food shopping. It’s shocking how much meat adds to the cost of food shopping so we tend to bulk meals out without using too much meat.

  • Jessica Howliston

    These are all such great tips that I really need to follow more. We throw away so much food and its something I am so ashamed off as its such a waste! I think planning really helps in our house as it means we don’t buy things that then don’t get used as when we meal plan we just buy what we need for each meal!

  • serin quinn

    Shopping online is so handy! I really need to start shopping a bit later though, such a good idea!

  • Norma

    Great ideas! I particularly liked the reminder to use every bit of food. Cooked leftover vegetables are great to create additional dishes

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    Awesome tips. I usually buy in bulk because of the discounts I get when I go that route. I also find it cheaper to get produce at a farmers market. Thankfully, we have one nearby and it is just a short drive from home.

  • Kira

    Some really great tips and advice you have here . I definitely agree with shopping online , it has saved us so much money

  • Anosa

    I have joined the ranks of those who freeze produce and it has been saving a lot of money as I travel a lot and most produce spoil whilst I am away.

  • Lyosha

    Great ideas! I agree; saving on food is a great idea as long it stays healthy

  • Kara

    I love that fridge. I could fit so much in that freezer and purchase in bulk.

  • ThUy

    This is so helpful! I split groceries with my boyfriend and it adds up. I’ve never tried shopping for groceries online before, but I may need to give it a try as well as getting less meat.

  • shannon gurnee

    These are some great tips about saving money! I love the appliances at Best Buy! They always have great deals and friendly customer service.

  • Erin

    Meal planning is so important so you just buy what you need!