The minimalist guide to grocery shopping
It’s so simple, but the less you buy at the supermarket, the less you spend, and the more you save! We have put together the minimalist guide to grocery shopping to give you some tips to keep in mind next you are at the supermarket. Hopefully we can inspire you to walk out with less groceries, and more money in your pocket.
Buy as much basic, unprepared food as possible
It’s a given that you will always pay extra for food that has been processed in some way, you are effectively paying for the time someone has taken to handle the food, package it etc. There are huge savings that can be made bu buying basic, unprepared food. It might take a little more effort for example to chop some potatoes for a roast, but they will be so much cheaper when compared with buying pre-peeled and pre-chopped potatoes.
Buy fresh items in the exact quantities you need
Do you often throw away fresh fruit and vegetables that have started to go bad before you could eat them? This is something I’m guilty of from time to time. It takes a little more effort, but you can save so much money by working out the exact quantities of fruit and vegetables you need, and only buying that amount. For example, if you eat and apple every day and shop once a week, you know that you will need 7 apples each time you do a grocery shop.
Only buy items that fit into your meal plan
Meal planning is something I often talk about on this website, but it’s because it works! Not only does meal planning save you from staring at the fridge every night wondering what to make, it enables you to only buy the items that you need. If you follow your meal plan and grocery list strictly, you will avaoid ending up with a trolley filled with random items you have no idea what to do with, and that sit in your cupboard for months on end.
Buy in bulk only if you will use it
Buying in bulk is often cheaper on a per unit basis, but it’s not always the best option. If the items are non-perishable, like toilet paper, and you have the room to store them, then buying in bulk can be a great way to save money. On the other hand, if you buy a 5kg bag of potatoes, but can only eat 2kg before they start to go bad, you would be better off to buy a smaller amount, even if the per kg price is slightly higher. You should also always check the unit price to make sure the price of the bigger packaging is actually cheaper.
Don’t be tempted at the checkout
There is a good reason why supermarkets put items like cold drinks, chocolate bars and magazines at the checkouts, they are the kind of products people will buy without a second thought. Stick to your list and don’t be tempted to add them to your shopping while you wait at the checkout.
Avoid bottled drinks
This may seem strange to some, but the only time we buy bottled drinks is when we will be having people over for a meal, they are definitely not something we add to our week to week grocery shopping. The only bottled drink we buy is milk, anything else is unnecessary. Not only will this save you serious money, but your health will also improve when you stick to water.
Skip a grocery shop
Stretch the grocery shop by one day each week. If you usually grocery shop once per week, stretching your grocery shop by a day will result in only 7 grocery shops every 8 weeks. So if you usually shop on Monday, head to the supermarket on Tuesday the next week, the Wednesday the following week and so on. Sometimes stretching out the food you already have at home can force you to get creative, and use up food that has been just been sitting in the pantry.
Check what you already have before heading to the supermarket
It seems so simple, but so many people don’t take a few minutes before a grocery shop to check what they already have in the cupboard. Having multiples of products sitting in your pantry is pointless if you don’t plan on using them before your next trip to the supermarket. Your money is much better of sitting in your bank account than your pantry. Shopping only for things you need and don’t already have at home will save you significant amounts of money at the checkout.