Making a trip to your local supermarket a worthwhile trip, means doing some planning beforehand. You can save time and money by not buying unnecessary items. It also helps prevent forgetting to buy something and having to make a return trip to the store or having to make another online order and not having it in time.
According to Betway Insider there has been an increase in takeaway orders worldwide during the global pandemic while others have been busy brushing up on their cooking skills by buying in-store at Lidl, Waitrose or Tesco or simply shop online is your choice.
Both offer advantages and disadvantages. These include time-saving, convenience, and home deliveries. Just make sure to check your order. Next up, we have seven tips to keep in mind when doing weekly grocery shopping, either in-store or online.
1.) Make a List
No matter how hard you try, you will not remember all the things you need. If it’s one or two things, maybe. But not a weekly shopping list.
The key to making an effective list is to write down immediately what you need as soon as you become aware of it. Keep it somewhere close by. Even when you are running low on an item, make sure to jot it down.
It is important to know what you already have in the pantry, freezer, and fridge. Use this list to check for all basic pantry staples. You can set up your shopping list with products per aisle in your favourite store. Or you can organize it according to product groups, e.g., dairy, vegetables, canned foods, etc.
2.) Plan Meals
By planning your meals for the week ahead, you will know what ingredients you’ll need for an entire week. This makes writing your list much easier. It will prevent you from having to make a last-minute trip for only one or two ingredients.
When moving through the aisles, try to add items to your basket in a particular order. Non-food items like toilet paper, washing powder, and batteries can be added first.
Following this, you can add all the other products. However, products like meat and dairy should be added last, as the products should be kept cold to prevent spoiling.
4.) Buy Frozen and Long-Life Items/Staples
Frozen products are sometimes overlooked as an essential staple that is always needed in every household. Buying fresh means being keenly aware of what you need, and how long it’ll keep. Think cabbage, potatoes, butternut or onions.
But for weekly planning and buying, frozen vegetables, wraps or cheese, can be a lifesaver when short on time.
5.) Make Use of Specials
Most stores will have weekly specials, which will help you save money. Making use of store saving cards or loyalty programs is another in which you can save on your shopping.
You could also try your hand at store brand items. These items will most probably be cheaper and have the same quality.
Stock up and buy in bulk if there is a sale. It’s quite cost-effective, especially for staple products. It may cost more now, but in the long run, you’re saving money per unit. However, it would still help to compare prices with other products and stores.
6.) Bring Your Own Shopping Bags
When shopping in-store, try and bring your own shopping bags. For starters, it will save you a small amount of money. Perhaps more importantly, by bringing your own bags you are doing your part in saving the planet. One-use bags contribute significantly to pollution.
7.) Never Shop Hungry
This could be one of the most important tips. When you are hungry, you tend to overbuy and get unnecessary items. Stick to your list!