Like most people, I like get a bargain and save money on my shopping. It can be a simple as changing brands to something of equal quality but cheaper price, shopping for deals and so much more. I decided that I would put together a list of my top 23 ways to save money in the kitchen.
Here are my top 23 ways to save money in the kitchen:
- Swap Like For Like – changing a big brand to a shop own brand. This can save so much and the taste difference is usually minimal. Some products are even better with a cheaper brand.
- Yellow Label Hunter – When you go shopping, always head to the reduced section FIRST. You never know what bargains are reduced and it may be on your shopping list, so instant saving on your shopping!!
- Write a Weekly Meal Plan -Plan what you are making / cooking for the week, that way you will only buy what you need.
- Write a Shopping List – Before you even leave home, make sure you write a shopping list, look through cupboards, fridges and freezers and see what you have and need.
- Set a Budget – Set a weekly or monthly budget for your groceries, stick to it and see how much you can save.
- Do Fall for “Supermarket Deals” – Most of the supermarket deals are there to make you spend more money. Think before you buy, do you actually need that many?
- Shop Around – We shop around for our utilities and presents, why not our groceries? Shop around in all supermarkets and don’t forget places like Aldi.
- Food Markets – Always have a look at the food markets and in you don’t mind being a little cheeky, haggle!!
- Use Coupons – Look out online and in the press for coupons and money off vouchers.
- Use Your Store Points Card(s) – Always remember to use your store points cards, like Tesco Clubcard or Nectar Points. I save mine until Christmas, so I get a chunk of vouchers to use at Christmas, I also get discount / money of vouchers throughtout the year as well.
- Use Shopping Apps – There are certain smartphone shopping apps, such as Checkout Smart, Shopmium and ClickSnap that offer money back and Free products, you have to buy the products first, take a picture of the receipt and the companies refund you!!
- Never Go Shopping Hungry – I can’t stress this enough, never ever ever go to the supermarket hungry, it is the worst thing you can do, you will end up buying half of the shop and loads of rubbish you didn’t want or need.
- Use Everything You Buy – Use ALL vegetables or chop them up and freeze them, (check out To Freeze or Not to Freeze for my guide) until they are needed, saves wasting them. Use chicken or beef bones to make stock, ideal for soups and more.
- Swap Fresh For Frozen – Some foods are better frozen, swap expensive fresh foods for frozen versions, this can be peas, onions, mushrooms and so much more. This should cut down on ANY waste.
- Take Your Re-usable Bags – NEVER go to a supermarket without your re-usable bags, there is no need to keep paying for bags, just plan a little. All you will do is end up throwing them away and buying again next time.
- Don’t throw food out just after Best Before – most foods last longer than there “best before dates”, so don’t throw them out. Check out Approved Foods post for more details.
- Your Freezer is King – freeze everything that can be frozen, it keeps it fresh and usable for longer, helps stretch your money that little bit further.
- Bulk Cook – make meals for more than you need, split the leftovers into freezable tubs, make sure you portion them up!! They are ideal for lunches or quick meals on those busy evenings.
- Invest or keep Freezable Tubs – these come in handy when bulk cooking or freezing foods to keep fresh.
- Get / Use a Slow Cooker – this saves lots of time, effort and money. Plan your meals, check out my slow cooker recipes.
- Sign Up For Freebie Sites – Join freeebie site such as Latest Deals and you’ll be surprised what freebies come up, as well as the shopping apps.
- Student Discount – if you are a student, make sure you have an NUS Extra card. Even if you are not a student, you can still get an NUS Extra card, then you can benefit from all the discounts!!
- Approved Foods – check these out, you can get loads of food a drinks. Check out my post.
These are just some of they ways in which I shop savvy and save in the kitchen. There are so many ways to always save money on your shopping, you just have to look around and know when and where to shop. Don’t shop just in one place, look around at different supermarkets for the best deals.
If you have any more money saving ideas for the kitchen, please let me know, it’s always good to learn more. Or tell me if any of these discount have worked out for you too.
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