How to reduce your weekly supermarket spending 26



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Whether you like it or not, buying groceries will always be part of the cost of living. So to help with this on-going expense, we’ve come up with a few ideas to help stretch your dollars and avoid purchasing unnecessary items. These suggestions will help you cut your weekly spending and establish good future habits. Overall, try to make small adjustments and then build up from there. It’s about spending less on the things that don’t matter so you can spend more on things that do matter. Check out our supermarket saving tips below!

Plan your grocery store trips

  • Make sure to create a list before going to shops of what you actually need. This will help you buy less impulsively and forget necessary items. It will also help you eat a healthy and regular diet. And as always, don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry!

Eat seasonal vegetables and fruits 

  • Eating in season is a much more affordable option to consider. These items are typically the weekly special at the grocery store so you’ll be able to get more bang for your buck! Plus, you can sign up to receive your grocery store’s weekly specials in order to plan ahead and make smart decisions.

Compare prices

  • Subscribe to the weekly specials at your local grocery store chains. Spend a little extra time researching and comparing prices in order to find the best price. Although, if these alerts are prompting unnecessary temptation, cancel the email deals!

Buy at your local market

  • Stop by your local weekend markets to load up on the local fresh fruit and veggies for the week. You’ll be amazed at how much fresh produce you can find at a reasonable price.

Make it yourself 

  • It may not be the most exciting option but going out for food can really add up so try to make your own meals as much as you can.

Make and stick to a budget

  • All of the above tips will help you save money but you’ll also need to have a solid budget in place. Take the time to build, update and track your budget. Each money saving tip requires lots of planning so be realistic and stay positive – good luck!


How do you reduce your everyday spending? Do you have any other supermarket saving tips? Share with us below! 

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  1. I make a list during the week as things run out or are needed. This list goes to the supermarket with me and I very rarely digress – only for regulars on special, eg: tea, loo paper, butter, etc. Grow a lot of my own vegies and will only eat fruit grown in Australia! I’m on my own so my supermarket spending is rarely above $50 p/w. Buy my meat from the butcher, I pay a bit more but at least I can eat it!!

  2. Cook as much stuff as you can from raw ingredients. Better for your health and your budget. Pre-packaged food may be more convenient but is also more expensive. Over processed food also more expensive and usually full of sugar, salt and numerous chemical addatives.

  3. Seriously , if you don’t know this by the time your sixty you must have been truly spoilt

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    • I agree Lindy, this is just normal common sense, I’ve been shopping this way most of my life! Just a shame that most of the younger generation don’t do it.

  4. I found a bread maker at a secondhand store. Put in the ingredients, buying bulk flour, press the buttons and you have fresh bread in two and a half hours – no preserves, no sugar, wholegrain and delicious in 8 different ways! Cost around $1.20 per loaf.

  5. Good advice! But somehow or other the supermarkets keep winning. I am still paying a lot for food, but then again I don’t buy rubbish just good quality food

  6. We are nomads on the road full time & adhere to all of the above. Always research supermarket catalogues on line etc. work on menus for the fortnight, then work on ingredients then on the list. Rarely digress. I have a special place I save as many of my gold coins as I can, this certainly adds up to s nice little savings!

  7. If you have left over stale bread, put it in the blender to make crumbs, bag them and freeze. Have you ever noticed how much more expensive crumbed chicken or cutlets are compared to uncrumbed? Soft bananas – peel and freeze for the next time you make banana bread or cake. I also make a scrumptious muisli myself which works out much cheaper than buying and is better healthwise. Unfortunately unless I go with hubby to do the food shopping he gets lots and lots of extras that we don’t need even though he has the list. I let him loose last week when I was busy and he spent almost $500.

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    • Yes Jeanette, I say to my husband a couple of zucchinis – not the whole damn patch. There’s just the two of us now, and most time we are munching through the same vegetable trying to eat the ridiculous quantity he buys. I prefer to shop alone. It’s quicker and cheaper but now he’s with me 24/7 and it hurts his feelings if I want to shop alone.

  8. And weigh up whether it is cost effective to run around. I live 17ks from the major shopping town, have a Woolies here, yes there are savings say at Aldi or Growers Market, but is it cost effective. Of the top of my head I’d say no, but that is my choice.

  9. Get rid of the cats! My two very elderly, fussy cats, with somewhat dickey kidneys, on wet food only and needing lots of kitty litter for their copious amounts of wee, cost me around $90 per week, plus vet fees and medications (OK while I’m still working and can afford it). Having said that, I couldn’t actually get rid of them; but I’ll think carefully about what pet companion(s) I might have once the darlings go to kitty heaven.

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    • Oh Dear – The joys of being pet lovers. Having just returned from a holiday & then a 24 hr. turnaround to fly back to the U.K. for a family passing – we have just paid out $1000 in kennel fees for our beloved dogs & even that had been discounted as the kennel owners felt sorry for us due to the circumstances. What do you do? We love our pets & are responsible for them.
      As far as grocery shopping goes – I usually buy on line with discount vouchers etc. when they are advertised. Vegetable shopping is now always done with our new wonderful shops that have recently opened here in Perth called Spudshed ( 10kgs. potatoes – $2.99 !!!! ) How good is that !?

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