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Here’s why you need a grocery budget and how to stick to it.
Just like making a meal plan, a grocery budget will save you money and if you can only go grocery shopping once a week, you’ll end up saving yourself a lot of money.
This week we shared our Lidl and Asda Haul and for the first time ever i actually took into account what we had and what we actually needed so we ended up spending MUCH less than we normally do.
WHAT’S OUR BUDGET?
I’ve watched a lot of Jordon Page from Fun, Cheap or Free and her advice for grocery budgeting is £100 per person for the month no matter their ages.
So that means for our household of 2 that’s £200 per month for Groceries which breaks down to £25 per person per week which means our grocery shop should be £50 per week for 2 of us.
What we also decided was that any unused budget can roll over into the next week as when we buy meat it can become really expensive.
WHAT ABOUT WHEN GUESTS COME ROUND?
Asian hospitality really boils down to food and we know it can be easy to blow the budget when you have a Dawat or Dinner party, so it’s even more important to work out some extra leeway but not blow your budget for one day.
After all, you’re not going to get the money spent back!
When we get to this point, I’m sure we’ll write a blog post all about shopping for food for guests and working with what you have.
MEAL PLANNING CAN HELP
Meal planning is amazing for helping you cook and eat with what you have to save money and if you’re already meal planning with the tips we shared in our blog post, you’ll be saving a lot of money.
This is why this week we managed to save so much money as a lot of the things we buy unnecessarily we already had.
Related Post: How to Meal Plan to Save Money, Time and your Sanity
STICKING TO YOUR BUDGET
Here’s how to stick to your budget:
1 ) Familiarise yourself with the layout of the shops you frequent and know what’s down each aisle so you can avoid the ones where you don’t need to go.
I know the layout of my local Asda like the back of my hand but get super disorientated when I go to another super market.
Knowing the layout means you get in and out faster while sticking to your list.
2) Make and stick to a list and keep an eye on the total of things so it’s not a shock when you get to the checkout.
I’m guilty of not doing this, but it’s a good idea to use the calculator app on your phone to keep an eye on your budget and make sure you stick to the list.
3) Don’t shop with kids as they’ll get distracted, overwhelmed and tired and stress you out so you won’t stick to your budget.
You’ll either end up blowing your budget or abandoning the shop mid-way if someone has a tantrum.
If you can, do an online shop on days where there are unpopular time slots to make it even cheaper and this will also help you stick to your budget.
4) If something is not on the list really ask yourself if you will eat it before expiry and do you have space for it?
I’ve started asking myself this and it’s saved me so much money! Be honest with yourself and always check your cupboards, fridge and freezer before you go shopping.
5) Think of food as money, you won’t get it back once you’ve paid for it.
I picked up this tip from Nilly Dahlia’s meal planning video as it has so many tips on shopping and meal planning with young children.
6) Try to only stick to Grocery Shopping once a week and go to all the shops you need to do in one day.
This is another tip from Jordon Page of Fun, Cheap or Free and while it’s hard to do it really forces you to be more creative with what you have and when you do go shopping it’s a good idea to get store cupboard staples you can make meals from if you don’t have any options.