The cost of food staples has continued to rise, pushing up the price of many people’s shopping bills. However, there are ways to cut the cost at the checkout, whether you buy your groceries online or at the supermarket. Take the following steps to slashing your shopping bill and look forward to eating well without busting the budget in 2013:
Plan Your Meals
We’ve all thrown away those veggies left languishing in the bottom of the drawer – or worse, that joint of meat that we didn’t get around to cooking. The Love Food Hate Waste initiative reports that the average household wastes $775 worth of food per year ($1100 in families with children!), which is equivalent to around $80 a month that can be easily saved.
Planning meals is a great way to ensure that it’s a case of ‘waste not want not’ in your household. Simply decide what you want to cook each day, check your fridge and cupboards for essentials that you already have, then make up a list of what you need.
Take a List
While you might visit the supermarket with good intentions to just pick up the basics, the sights and smells can easily lead to you giving in to temptation and filling your basket with all manner of unnecessary treats. While a little bit of what you fancy does you good, overspending on your shopping budget doesn’t. Taking a list is a good way to ensure that you don’t get sidetracked when shopping and just stick to what you need to buy.
Alternatively, why not buy your groceries online? This is the easy, convenient way to bypass temptation, and also means that you can do your shopping from the comfort of home, in your lunch break at work – anywhere that suits you! When you shop for groceries online at ASDA you’ll also find the supermarket open 24/7, so simply log on whenever you choose.
It’s so easy to compare the price of your shopping basket at major supermarkets. Simply head online to mySupermarket.co.uk. However, when you shop at ASDA you’re guaranteed that your shopping will be at least 10 per cent cheaper than Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys. If not, ASDA will give you the difference – so you can’t lose!
Simply use the tool at ASDA.com, or download the ASDA price guarantee app, and you’re guaranteed to save.
Shopping just before closing time can allow you to pick up some great bargains in the reduced section. This is a good option for those who like to shop at the supermarket in person and who have flexibility on what to cook – and remember, many perishable items can be frozen at home to extend their life.
Shop Special Offers
BOGOFs, half price offers, meal deals – the supermarket should offer a myriad of fantastic offers designed to save you cash. Shopping for groceries online makes it easy to see the best deals on offer.
If you’ve got the cupboard space, stock up – but remember, it’s only a bargain if you’re going to use it!
There are many ways to slash your shopping bill without noticing the difference in your cupboards and fridge. Go on a supermarket cost-cutting mission and see what you can save.