Image courtesy of Stephanie Peterson
Image courtesy of Stephanie Peterson

There are many ways that we can save money when we are shopping at the supermarket. Many of those though are pretty obvious and most people suggest them. Here are a few different ideas which you may not have thought of before.

Many people spend a lot of money buying bottled water when it is not necessary. The water that we have in our taps, although not free, is a lot cheaper than buying bottled. If you do not like the chlorine taste, then fill a jug and leave it for half an hour and the chlorine taste should disappear. If you like the minerals in the bottled water then you should note how small the amounts are and that you should get enough if you have a balanced diet anyway, just through your food. It is worth noting that tap water also has minerals in and that some bottled water is tap water anyway.

If you plan your meals before shopping then you will make sure that you get exactly what you need, no more and no less. This means that you will be organised and you will get all of the things that you need. If you do not plan, then you could end up buying the wrong things and not ending up with enough food to put meals together. This will lead to you having to shop again to get ingredients and possibly buying more than you need and maybe not using up everything that you bought before it goes off.

It is a good idea to check cupboards/fridge/freezer before shopping as you will then find out what you have available. If you do not then you may spend more than is necessary and if you buy too many fresh ingredients, you may not use them up before they go out of date.  You may even be tempted to eat more than necessary because you have extra food in the house and this is not healthy for you or your bank balance!

It can be wise to set a budget before you shop. Consider how much you can afford to spend or how much you want to spend and you can then just buy what fits in that budget. This should encourage you to just buy the cheaper items and not pick up things that you do not really need. You may end up trying new things too, which are cheaper than the ones you normally buy and find that they become staple foods in your home.

It is always worth swapping brands every so often. You may think that you will not be able to beat your favourite brand, but you do not know until you try. You may find that you can hardly tell the difference between different brands and the cheaper ones may offer much better value for money. Recipes change too and so it can be worth trying different brands even if you have tried them in the past as you may find that they are now very different or that your taste has changed and that you now like them.