7 wise ways to cut your grocery bill in half 12



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Grocery shopping is a necessary evil and sometimes it can be hard to hand over the cash when you know how much you’ve spent. Most of us over 60s are savvy shoppers but could you be grocery shopping in an even more savvy way?

Here’s the best tips we found for how to slash your weekly spend at the supermarket. What are your tips?


1. Plan a menu

It might sound silly but it can be a great idea to write down what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner for seven nights, and that way you can work out a list from that.


2. Coupons

Even the most wealthy shoppers use coupons to save money, so there’s definitely no shame in taking along coupons. Check coupon discount websites like ShopaDocket, OzBargain and Groupon before you go out, as well as the websites for the supermarkets you will be visiting.


3. Clearance items

There’s gold in supermarkets – you just have to find it. Take a look in each meat display and look out for any reduced stickers, as well as the bakery, frozen and dairy sections. Often a supermarket will have a designated section for discounted stock and remember, you can always freeze items from the discount bin, or return it if it is off – you’re entitled to a refund even if it was reduced.


4. Leftovers

Our generation loved leftovers and making the most of everything we had so keep on the tradition by making enough for the next day’s lunch. It’ll save you tonnes of money if you eat out for lunch.


5. Buy meat from the butcher or bulk butcher

We all know meat is one of the most expensive parts of our grocery bill but you can save a bunch by going to a wholesale butcher. They always have special, the meat is fresh and you can even have it delivered in some areas.


6. Check out your local neighbour ethnic grocery store

Asian supermarkets are often a great place to find cheaper meats and produce, and you could get some unusual ingredients for much cheaper than your typical supermarket – think beans and spices for curries and rice.


5. Join a co-op

If you have a group of friends who also want to save on their shopping spend, then why not join a co-op? Basically, one person will buy all the products you need in bulk and then distribute throughout the group. You’ll find you save heaps more buying in bulk for necessities, especially if one member in the co-operative has a Costco membership.

If you don’t know anyone who wants to start a co-op, this handy Facebook page has listed the known co-ops in Australia


6. Check unit pricing

Most shelf talkers will say what the unit price is per a certain amount, i.e. apack of juices might be $1 per 100ml whereas a bottle of the same juice might say $0.60 per 100ml. Look out for these tags to see if you’re getting a bargain or getting ripped off.


7. Have meat-free days

Believe it or not but tofu can actually be delicious. Take a look in the vegetarian options at the supermarket for some meal ideas and try to have a meat-free day at least once a week.


8. Shop online for non-perishables

While supermarkets go to war over bread and milk, the non-perishable items are getting lower and lower right under our nose – it’s just a matter of looking in the right place.

Check out these websites for up to 80 per cent off your everyday household goods: Grocery Shop and Kogan Pantry.


Remember these tips:

  • The supermarket will put the product they want you to buy at eye level, so look above and below for better deals
  • Don’t fall for 3 for the price of 2 deals or offers on products you don’t need
  • Don’t buy pre-packaged food such as some beans in glad wrap on a tray. Unpackaged food such as ham, chicken and other deli products are up to a third of the price of prepackaged goods


Starts at 60 Writers

The Starts at 60 writers team seek out interesting topics and write them especially for you.

  1. I don’t plan more than two meals ahead, that way I can take advantage of what’s on special that day instead.

  2. Shop only the perimeter, the perimeter is where all you need is located, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy and bread. Makes shopping so much quicker and keeps you away from the temptation of sweet things, canned foods and so on. My very eldely father used to be exhausted walking up and down the aisles and finding all the products confusing. Once I taught him this trick, he was able to go to the supermarket alone for many more years buying only healthy unprocessed foods he needed and was familiar with.

  3. I get my biggest pot I have which is my boiler and put all these ingredients in altogether 1) All the vegetables I love 2) 1 1/2 kilos of chicken thigh filets diced not much fat no need to trim. 3) 1 1/2 cups rice 4) few handful of legums. 5) any spices you like I put 1 tblsp korma curry garlic 6) cover with 2 1 litre campbells chicken stock 7) cook to what consistency you like dont brown chicken as all the flavour goes through all ingredients 8) when cooled I put in take away containers and freeze over 2 weeks meals can eat with bread or toast 9) if you are on a pesion or budget these are cheap meals you get all the goodness you can also use beef and beef stock 10) I never get sick of eating this food full of flavour

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    • Thanks for that Judy
      How long do you cook it for?
      highlight>copy>paste into word>save as> Judy Reardon recipe>file to> recipe folder.

  4. I am over this i think that after the years i have scrimped and saved charging from one supermarket to another getting all the specials i really can’t be bothered anymore

  5. I often make up meals and freeze extra in meal size. Also make soups with main ingredients on special. freeze in one meal lots. Have restaurant menu of home made soups!!!! GREAT with winter fast approaching.

  6. *Write a shopping list.
    *Check out the weekly store catalogues before shopping and stock up on items you use regularly.
    *Also with bulk items put on the list when getting low but only buy when on special.
    *Buy fruit & veg from local farmers markets.

  7. Watch for price per kilo on price tickets. Sometimes 2 smaller packets can work out cheaper than the large one.

  8. One of our local church-based charities sells packages of food for $30. This is largely stuff that is close to its use-by date. The package is usually of 2 cartons – one of fruit and veges and one of other staples plus a bag of ‘frozen’ goods. They are more than happy to sell to anyone because it means they can then give the food to those really in need – and pay the rent on the shed. Because the veges are usually starting to deteriorate, I ‘process’ them the next morning – soup (love my soup maker), make a batch of coleslaw (it lasts for a few days if dressing not added) and freeze others. Last time, I froze a mix of assorted veges (capsicum, celery, cauliflower, eggplant and zucchini). Great to be able to grab a handful or two (or three) to add to stir-fries, stews or soup – all of which end up with more than we can eat in a single meal – so into the freezer for a lazy meal later in the week (or the following one). If we have this resource in a medium-sized regional town, I am sure something similar is available elsewhere. I will admit we end up with an oversupply of pasta and rice – even though I add them to stews etc, but can usually find a way to use them (often give them away).

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