5 Grocery shopping hacks that will save you time
Who wouldn’t want to cut down the time grocery shopping takes each week? Between juggling kids and everything that comes along with it, it gets a little difficult to dedicate hours to meal planning and grocery shopping. These 5 grocery shopping hacks will not only save you time, but will also shave hundreds if not thousands of dollars off your grocery bill each year.
Create a standard shopping list
Chances are a large portion of your regular grocery shop of made up of the exact same items, each and every shop. Instead of writing out a list every time you prepare to do the grocery shopping, create a standard shopping list including those items that you buy regularly. Get started by typing up a list containing your most purchased items, save a copy and print of a few. Then, put the list somewhere handy, and where everyone can easily see it, like the fridge, and put a tick next to each item once you finish what you had in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. You can then add any extra items you need on top of your regular buys to the list before you head to the grocery store.
Use online discount grocery stores to stock up on staples
Nothing beats shopping online for the convenience and time saving, but did you know there are alternatives to online grocery shopping from the major supermarkets, such as Coles? These online stores focus on deeply discounted grocery staples that tend to have a long shelf life, making them perfect for a once a month pantry stock up. The products on offer tend to change regularly, and of course you should always be sure that the price you are paying is actually a good deal, especially once shipping is factored in. Stores to check out include:
Save on Brands – Has a range of categories to shop from, including $1, $2 and $3 deals, cleaning & laundry, food & confectionery and health & beauty.
Kogan Pantry – Similar brands and items on sale to Save on Brands, but has a capped shipping cost of $9.99 for any products that show a green shopping trolley icon.
Catch of the Day – The groceries section of catch of the day also offers a capped $9.95 shipping, and features deals which are limited time only offers.
Shop from (and stick to) a list
The worst thing you can do is walk into a supermarket with no idea what you need to buy. You might end up wasting food that you didn’t need in the first place, it’s going to cost you way more money, and it’s also going to take much longer to do a grocery shop. The best way to cut down time and save money is to create a list before you leave home, and stick to that list, meaning you only buy the items on the list, and nothing else.
Stick to a simple grocery routine
With the major grocery stores offering so many half price specials each week, it’s easy to be tempted to do a shop at all of the stores in your local area to stock up on everything. While this could potentially save you a few dollars, it will come at the cost of hours spent grocery shopping, and who has time for that? If you are not loyal to one supermarket, or have more than one supermarket locally, quickly flick through the catalogues each week to decide which store you are going to shop at, and do your weeks grocery shop at that store only. Keeping your grocery shopping routine simple and only shopping at one store is guaranteed to save you time.
Use a subscription food service a few night a week
Food subscription services are popping up everywhere, and have the potential to save you massive amounts of time. They work by delivering the ingredients for meals directly to your door, along with recipe cards explaining how to cook each meal. It means you don’t have to shop for those ingredients, and the biggest bonus, you don’t have to think about what’s for dinner, it’s already decided for you! While these can cost a little more, the ingredients are usually fantastic quality and locally sourced, so they can be well worth the money if these things are important to you. I have personally tried the new Aussie Farmers Direct WW Freshbox and the ingredients were amazing. If you want to give them a try, use the code FRESHAFD to get $25 off your first box. Visit the WW Freshbox website here to find out more.