We live in a time of fast-rising costs of living. That’s a fact. So regardless of how much you make, it is prudent that you shop smartly. To help you with that, here are some handy helpers:
1. Make a list and a budget
Plan your meals and go to town once a week. Get everything on the list and stick to or as close to the budget as possible.
2. Sift through junk mail
Go through your junk mail. There may be some special deals that you may take advantage of there.
3. Empty the fridge first
Make the most out of what you have in your fridge first before shopping. This is to avoid wastage.
4. Shun junk food and eat healthy
Remember to never purchase junk food and eat vegetables, preferably from your own garden.
5. Be wary of special deals
Go shopping after a certain time or when it’s near closing when there are more specials on.
6. Start from scratch
Prepare your own meals to make you more aware of the things that you actually need when you shop. Freeze meats immediately after shopping and cut them into meal sizes to avoid wastage.
7. Don’t buy processed
Buy fresh or frozen vegetables. As much as possible, avoid processed food.
8. Chop it up
Chop up vegetables into meal portions and store in separate bags to make meal preparations easier, and again, to avoid wastage of food.
9. Be aware of mark down schedules
Ask your supermarket when their mark down bays are. There are great finds waiting to be found there at less cost.
10. What’s that per 100g?
Compare the prices per 100g or 100ml. You’d be surprised to find out that something offerings that are supposedly “special” are more expensive than others.