SHOPPING ON A BUDGET

Every dollar saved on your shopping bill can add up to thousands of dollars over the course of a year. Here are some tips to make your shopping dollar stretch as far as it can. And never go shopping on an empty stomach! Download our info sheet here.

 

PLAN AHEAD

Check your fridge and pantry to know what you still have in stock. Work out what meals you are planning to cook this week and make a list of what you need to purchase, then stick to it! Plan meals so that you have leftovers for lunch or freeze to make another meal later on. Watch expiry dates and plan your meals to use up supplies before they go off.

 

WORK OUT WHEN TO SHOP

 

Shop once a week, the more often you go the more you will spend. You can also try shopping later at night when the fresh food prices are more likely to be marked down. If you don't have a vehicle avoid adding taxi fare to the cost of your groceries, order online in advance and have them delivered for as little as $4.

 

PREP YOUR SNACKS & DRINKS

 

Package your own treats and snacks. Buy the large package of snacks and a box of cheap baggies and make your own individually wrapped packages to grab on the run. Use drink bottles instead of prepackaged cans and juices.

 

MEATS

 

Avoid buying expensive meat in prepackaged trays, buy larger quantities, break up into bags and freeze. Try using cheaper cuts of meat in your slow cooker they'll taste amazing.

 

BRING YOUR CALCULATOR

 

Shop with a calculator and add things up as you put them in your cart. If you're shopping with kids, give them the job to tally what's in the cart. It will help you stick to your budget. Compare the brands and the quantity per price.

 

COMPARE STORES & BRANDS

 

Non–food grocery items like detergent or garbage bags are often cheaper at the discount store. Don’t automatically overlook no-name or store brands, they can often taste just as good.