Every month you tell yourself that you’re going to try to get the cost of your monthly food bill down. And every month you fail to do so for one reason or another. Why? Usually, it’s because changing your habits takes time and energy. But if you commit, you won’t be disappointed.
Today we’re going to look at how you can hack your ridiculously high food bill and save money so that you’ve got money left over for the finer things in life.
Beware Of BOGOF
Because grocery stores are usually one of only a handful of players in the market, they like to offer regular promotions to get people through their doors. One of those promotions is buy-one-get-one-free or BOGOF. On the surface, these deals seem great, but they can often wind up costing you in the long term, especially if they tempt you into buying products you wouldn’t normally use.
Unless you know for sure you’re going to get through two of a particular product in a week, avoid BOGOF offers.
Shop at The Ends of The Aisles
Holding on to excess stock is really costly for grocery stores and food retailers. If it doesn’t sell by the time that it goes out of date, it must be wasted and thrown in the trash. For this reason, retailers will often put the items that they want to shift the most at the end of the aisle to grab customers’ attention. Often the prices for these items are much lower than the prices down the rest of the aisle, meaning they’re a great opportunity to grab a bargain.
Slim Down on Your Take Out
Everybody loves takeout, but thanks to all of the costs involved with hiring somebody to cook the food as well as transport it to your door, a regular $3 pizza can easily wind up costing $15. It’s a good idea, therefore, to check out special offers, like Just Eat discount codes. These will give you money off and help you to keep your Friday night takeout splurge under control.
Go to The Market
Another way you can try and save money is by going to the market. Supermarkets try to keep their prices stable over time so that they don’t freak out their customers. But market stall fruit and veg merchants don’t. They have to go with whatever price prevails at the time. For some fruits and vegetables, this means much lower prices than in the supermarket, potentially saving you a significant chunk of money.
Don’t Bother With “Snack Size”
You might think that products with the snack size moniker are healthier. But usually, all it means is that junk food has been packaged up in a smaller container. What’s more, because it’s meant to be eaten on the go rather than taken home and prepared, you pay a convenience premium, like you would for a bottle of water from a vending machine. Thus, it’s a good idea to avoid snack size packets if you want to save money on your overall food bill for the month.