The most consistent feature on any household budget is the cost of groceries. It’s a significant chunk of spending so keeping this as low as possible is one way to help you achieve your home ownership goals sooner.

Here are some tips that might help reduce your grocery spending so you can try save more each month.
  1. Shop with a list
Maintaining a shopping list throughout the week/fortnight might seem tedious but it’s essential for any grocery run if you’re serious about sticking to a budget.

As items run out from the fridge and pantry, update your list and keep it somewhere convenient with a pen handy. By having a ‘no list, no buy’ rule, you can be less impulsive and more likely to stay away from specials you don’t need.
Don’t forget to take the list with you when you head out shopping!
If you run out of an essential item before your next shopping trip is due, avoid stopping at a convenience store or servo as they’re less likely to be cheaper than the supermarket. Instead, pop into the supermarket and only buy that one item, sticking to your list and avoiding the ‘while I’m here’ mentality as you’ll get items you don’t need just yet!
  1. Don’t shop on an empty stomach
Strange but true, if you’re hungry or thirsty while you’re shopping, it’s no surprise your self-restraint is at its worst! You’re more likely to give in to temptations and be drawn to snacks and nibbles you don’t need. So, eat before you go.
  1. Minimise waste
It’s important you don’t overstock your pantry. While the idea of never running out is appealing, it can be rather expensive to maintain. By keeping to a shopping routine, you can aim to only purchase what you need between shopping cycles.

Using leftovers is key. It can save on lunch money and be used for another meal. Why not allocate a ‘leftover day’ to ensure food is used. It works well especially for larger families.
  1. Try the markets
Shopping for fruit and veg at a wholesale market could save you money. Markets tend to have fresher produce direct from the farm so that can last much longer when you take it home. Also, buy what is in season as this will be cheaper. Remember to compare prices between the markets and your supermarket before you make the switch.
  1. Buy in bulk
Reducing the amount you pay per item helps you stay on budget. For items you use in large quantities, you’re more likely to get a better deal at wholesale quantities. Be sure to compare price per unit as bigger isn’t always cheaper. Compare your local butchers’ prices to the supermarket as meat in bulk can go a long way.
If you choose to buy in bulk, time it accordingly so your spending remains evenly spread out according to your budget.
So, the next time you’re headed to the supermarket, think of it as an opportunity to save money rather than spending it.

Good luck!