This post is sponsored by Woolworths
It was only a few years ago that our weekly shopping bills were regularly reaching close to the $300 mark for our then family of four, which just seemed a little excessive to me! Over the years, we’ve made some changes to how we shop which has had a BIG impact on how much we spend on groceries each week and has helped us to bring our grocery bill right down, so that we are now saving a minimum of $100 a week compared to what we used to spend.
We now spend between $150 – $180 a week on our groceries (which makes me all kinds of happy!) and while the strategies we’ve implemented may not be new or exciting to many of you, when used together and consistently, you may also find you are able to make some big savings on your grocery bill. We’ve also been able to get our Woolies worth; a number of the products we use (or have switched to) have actually dropped in price over the past couple of years (rare I know!). We also make sure to use our Woolworths Rewards Card when we shop to collect points in exchange for $10 off our next shop. Here are five of the strategies we currently use to save $100 a week on our grocery bill.
Meal Planning around what is on special
By now you guys know how much I love to meal plan for our family, not only because it makes my life SO MUCH EASIER knowing what we are going to be eating for the week ahead, but it also saves me a whole heap of money. By checking out what items are on special at the supermarket when I’m putting our meal plan together (which I can do anytime online) I’m able to make meal and snack choices for our family which will cost me less – hooray!
Reducing our Food Waste
Both my husband and I HATE wasting food and we’re trying to teach this principle to our boys too – although that certainly is a work in progress!! Along with the waste aspect, throwing out uneaten (or half eaten food) is also expensive.
To combat food waste in our house, we keep a container in the fridge with the kids half eaten pieces of fruit (because my kids love taking a few bites of apple or banana and then declaring that their full) which I’ll then use in smoothies, cut up into pieces for a ‘new’ snack or grate and add to cupcakes or pikelets. We also regularly include a leftovers night in our meal plan where I’ll put any leftovers from the past few days onto a platter, add some extra veggies or salad (if needed) and let everyone help themselves – a new meal from food that otherwise may have ended up in the bin! You can also find some more great ways to reduce food waste ideas on the Woolworths Food Savers page.
Looking closer at the price of products
I know this is really obvious, BUT by looking at the unit price versus the total price of a product, you can really save a lot of money. Also, it pays to have a look at comparable products as you may often find they are cheaper/better value.
Shopping in season
I admit that I used to buy certain fruits and vegetables all year round regardless of their price just because my kids loved them and would actually eat them! However since switching to purchasing only fruit and vegetables that are actually in season (when they really taste their best too!) I’ve been able to make some major savings. I’ve also been able to save more by purchasing ‘The Odd Bunch’ Fruit and Vegetables from Woolies. Although they may look a little ‘different’ there is absolutely nothing wrong with them and they are also a great way to ensure food which may otherwise go to waste is consumed.
Making food go further
Now when I talk about making your food go further, I don’t mean serving tiny portions that are going to leave your family hungry – no one wants to deal with hangry kids! Rather it’s about making sure you are using ALL of the food you purchase, albeit in different ways if needed. For example, we will enjoy roast beef and veggies one night, beef sliders with salad the following night and then I’ll mince any leftover meat for a homemade pizza topping. Another way we make our food go further is using up those leftover bits of ham, veggies etc and mixing them together in an Impossible Pie – a cheap and really yummy meal.
So there you have it, five of the strategies that we’ve implemented over the years to help save $100 a week on our grocery budget. Do you use any of these strategies too? What is your best tip to save on groceries?