Food shopping, the one area I used to overspend massively. The hubby could never believe how much money I’d spend in the supermarket, especially on things we just didn’t need. And I went shopping when hungry, well I’d spend a fortune on junk, chucking anything chocolate based in the trolley!
I’ve had a lot of people ask me about food shopping on a budget.
How I save money when shopping?
How do I plan my meals around this kind of shopping?
What other kind of things I buy?
So I thought I’d update this post to answer a few of those questions that the original post didn’t.
If you ask most people about healthy eating or doing Slimming World on a budget then they’ll likely say meal planning is key. And whilst it is, I find the time of day I go shopping is what saves me the most.
I then create a Slimming World meal plan based on the items I’ve picked up in the reduced section alongside what we already have in the freezer or pantry.
Not the best quality photo I know, it’s from my very early days blogging. But I bought all this in the reduced section for under £8.
Most supermarkets reduce their stock at the same time each day, for me the perfect time to head down to Asda is around 2:45-3pm. This is when they massively reduce the fruit & veg, yet there’s still lots of choice. Although each store can have different times when they do their yellow stickers so it’s worth asking.
After I’ve grabbed a few days worth of fruit & veg I’ll head to the chiller aisle to see what cheapies they have going there. I can normally pick up chicken breasts, turkey steaks, various fish & yoghurts at around half the price, usually paying about £1.50 per pack.
So instead of the usual offer of three for £10 I get mine for £4.50.
Based on what meat we have in the freezer, I will plan each meal based on what food needs eating earlier, So we might have salmon, asparagus & broccoli first, then if the salad needs eating we may have omelette & salad the next day etc.
I only buy enough to last a few days as the fresh food is nearing it’s sell by date therefore probably won’t last a full week. If I have veg in the fridge that we probably aren’t going to incorporate into a meal soon enough then I’ll make a batch of soup from one of my Slimming World recipes that both the hubby & I can have for lunch. I’ll just quickly warm his in the morning and pop in a flask to take to work.
This lot of goodies only cost £3.67 and that includes 15 probiotic drinks too – fab for adding to smoothies for quick breakfasts like my favourite Banana Iced Coffee Breakfast Smoothie
The amount of money I save by doing this is unbelievable, and most of it tends to be the higher end products such as the Extra Special range which you’d normally pay more for!
I then plan our family meals based on the meat & veg I have bought, and the good thing about this is that it encourages you to have variety as you never know what is going to be reduced. By shopping this way I spend around £35-40 a week for four of us plus a dog and this includes all my non-reduced shopping such as milk, cereal, cleaning products etc.
I know this won’t work for everyone but as I run my business from home it suits us perfectly. Plus as I’m not doing a huge weekly shop I can even walk & put the shopping under the buggy, so if like me you can do your shopping this way then save yourself some pennies too. From next week I’ll start including my weekly shopping list and the cost in my Meal Planning posts, along with any other tips to save money on your weekly shopping bill.
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