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I am budget conscious but would like to make more savings. Please share your best tips for saving on food and grocery bills.


Posted anonymously, 20th October 2020


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  • Plan a shopping list, and if it works for you shop online! Then you’re not walking past things and going “oh actually I could get that”. I also try to stock up on quick and easy staples so that those nights here everything is running late you can just pull out something simple and not resort to take out.


  • Plan ahead
    Meal plan for the week
    Shop the 1/2 price section for items you might be needing in the near future
    Shop in your pantry first – check what you can use before buying more


  • I hate to say it but I have saved so much money with Hello Fresh, it’s saved me time and food wastage! Also I sometimes go to stores when I know they will be marking items down like bread, milk etc! I have always bought bread half price and milk marked down. (My family Goes through it fast enough to drink in within the expiry).
    Also my other tip would be to plan ahead! Look at what’s on special for the week and plan meals!


  • I always write a list and stick to. Stock up on things I regularly use when they’re on special and buy in bulk.


  • Lately I’ve been using coles click and collect. In the last month I have managed to receive a total of $50 off my food bill as they have had special deals most weeks to get $10 or $20 off each food shop.
    On top of that I also look to buy the products on special and always save a lot more on my bills too.


  • I like to cook in bulk and them separate into cheap take away containers and freeze the meals.


  • Thanks for sharing your tips! :) Thanks mom19782016 for the book recommendation, I will take a look. I am always on the hunt for more savings ideas/tips.


  • We try and grow most veggies and herbs so we don’t have to buy them.
    Also, every Wednesday I check out the half price specials at woollies and buy what I need then. If it’s not on special, I wait until it goes down as there’s always something else you can cook with something that is on sale!


  • Jamie Oliver’s book “Save with Jamie” is how we manage to cut down on food waste and costs. It’s a great system


  • Planning. Know what you use a lot of, so you can pick up extras when on sale. Menu plan so you don’t waste food. Those things alone have made a big difference to us.


  • Be prepared to go at different times to get meat, bread and bakery items on sale. Buy in bulk when you can. Use home brand items that are cheaper and often still taste as nice. Think about going vegetarian some nights and save on meat costs. Meal plan so you don’t waste food. Bulk out meals with cheaper foods ie lentils, rice, pasta etc. buy frozen veggies as they tend to be cheaper and last a lot longer.


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