Tips To Save Money On Food

Today I’m talking about how to reduce your grocery bill and how to start cutting costs in ways that will see you saving more money every week on what you spend on food

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In general, when we’re trying to save money as families groceries is the first place to start. I know that it is sometimes the hardest way to start reducing costs because your family needs to eat but groceries is the way that you can save a lot of money if your savvy and start being careful about what you’re spending your money on.


In New Zealand when I looked at the statistics, there are levels of people that spend money on a basic grocery budget, there’s a moderate grocery budget and a liberal grocery budget.

The difference between someone who spends in excess on their groceries and someone who has a basic grocery budget is $138, in New Zealand.

That is a savings of over $7,000 every year!

You can save $7,000 every year if you start cutting back to a basic grocery budget.

I’m not saying buy cheap nasty food, it just means that you have to stop buying willy-nilly.

There are rules around this and there are guidelines that you can follow that will help you to decrease your budget significantly and help you to stay on track with your expenses


Create a meal plan – starting with what you’ve already got in your cupboard.

Irrelevant of the fact that you think you have nothing, look and see in your freezer and in your fridge, what have you already got? 

Do you have a whole chicken in there that has been sitting there for a while? 

Maybe you’ve got some leftover mince mix that needs using up maybe you’ve got a vegetable compartment that’s full of items that need to be used up and you’re just ignoring them because you’re not quite sure what to do with them?

You might have ideas for some breakfasts that you can have maybe you’ve got some rolled oats, maybe you have porridge mixes that are needing to get used up maybe you’ve got a half box of cereal that needs throwing out – that’s a good thing to find. 

Write them down on your list and create an itinerary of what you’ve got in your cupboard already and see if you can get some meals from there just as a start, even one meal for the first night will save you money straight out the gate. 

Maybe you have a dozen eggs, you know that you’ve got eggs there for a meal or for a few children to have eggs on toast throughout the week for breakfast.

Include these in the meal plan that you’re going to put together. 


Starting with some ideas from the items that are already in your pantry and if you thought if I’m really stuck I could possibly use this.

From here you’re going to create a meal plan including breakfast lunch and dinner for everyone. 

Using some of the things that are already in your pantry for the first day, and then adding in meals for the rest of the week.  Things that you know your family will enjoy. 


The next thing you should do is know exactly what shops you want to go to.

Sometimes it’s easiest to go to one shop, one time, you might go to the cheapest one and you get everything there and often times things are just a stock standard price everywhere, in New Zealand especially and there’s not much you can do. 

But, I have learnt to shop around online. There are often certain sales in certain stores rotating over the weeks. 

So look online to see what places you’ll go to and create a list for each place based on your grocery list.

Make sure you’re connected online to your food outlet stores, often they have notifications when things are on sale, maybe they notify you on an online brochure of things that they have that are cheap this week. Stores often have a Facebook page that they notify people on so just have a quick look at those and make sure you’re not missing out on some really good deals for that week.


My fourth tip is planning to shop after breakfast or directly after lunch, don’t go before dinner, make sure you’ve eaten and have a full tummy.

You will always buy extra items that you don’t need. You will always buy things you feel like at the time and they’re just unnecessary expenses. 

You can easily waste $20 on pizza bread or the extras that you think the kids will like for afternoon tea just try not to go hungry to the shops.


A lot of plans can go out the window when we get tired or bored with what we’re going to cook and I encourage you to stick to it.

This is where the rubber meets the road! It’s very tempting to start thinking;

“I’m going to fudge this, I’m just going to go to the shops and buy something super simple”

“I can’t be bothered eating out of the cupboards”

“I can’t be bothered sticking to what I’ve got here, nobody’s enjoying this”

(Yes, you may have to change it next week if that’s what you’re finding), but for now, stick to the plan.

Your budget will be so much healthier for it! 

When you’re wanting to save money or simply you don’t have the extra money you will find something in your cupboard. If you can’t go to the shops and you’ve decided you won’t, you will make do with what’s there so just keep going with it, you can make changes next week, but your family will be fine with the plan you’ve created.


The last tip is to use it all up before you buy more. 

We waste a lot of food, so a way to save on your budget with groceries is to have Zero Waste. 

Keep doing with what you did at the beginning of this process which is looking at what you’ve got to see what you can make with it. 

I make it in my menu plan on the last night that I’m going to use what’s left. 

It’s not necessarily always leftovers, although often it is a meal of leftover curry in the freezer or some leftover lasagna from a few nights before. I do incorporate these but I also use up all other leftover food. 

There might be some rice that’s leftover and I can add some vegetables and an egg and make some fried rice. I use what’s left and that’s Incorporated into my meal plan.

We can throw a lot of money out into the rubbish or the compost each week and it’s a really good way of actually getting to the end of the week and you can clean out your fridge, and a great way to empty your pantry and making sure that you have not wasted food.

So I just know that I’m going to use up all the perishables before I buy more if I have leftover carrots, zucchini and celery, I make vegetable stock out of it, I do something with it so there’s no waste.

I’m hoping that this has motivated you to start thinking about how you can save money!

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