A big thing I see a lot is people asking is how much others spend on groceries or how to reduce their grocery bill. It shocks me a bit to see people spending up to $400+ a week on groceries.
As a family of 5 we spend an average of $130 a week, if includes formula and nappies. Most weeks I spend $80-100 then I buy meat in bulk once a month.
A lot of you would probably look at that and think I don’t eat but we all eat a very well balanced diet and don’t miss out on those little treats either.
1. Firstly plan out your meals, now I’m no queen at this but it is one thing I am working on massively. Look at you have already in your fridge, freezer and pantry and see whats on special for the week to help you plan.
2. Make a list. I usually have a list going on the fridge of things we have run out of that I will add to once I’ve done up my meal plan.
3. Shop online. I started shopping online when I had just two kids and found it was so much easier. Not only do you want have kids in your ear about what they want but you can also see your total as you go and clearly see the cheapest brands/specials as you look for items.
3. If you don’t need it this week then don’t get it. Do you have enough washing power to last the week? If so don’t buy more, its just money you don’t need to spend.
4. Shop around, check out your local markets, see what cheaper at each shop. If you are determined to buy brand name items check out online sites like grocery run, you can get snacks, cleaning products and a whole range of non perishable items at great prices.
I hope that helps you reduce your shopping bill. If you have any questions leave them in the comments box and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Cheap Ass Mum