Hey my loves,
today I am sharing with you some of my tips to grocery shop on a budget. As a student and with a minimal amount of money per week for grocery shopping I use these every time I go and pick up my groceries for the week.
Now this might seem a little bit odd to put as a tip, but believe me, this is one of the major things that make a difference at the end.
For example, we have a lot of different grocery stores in Germany, and they vary between higher priced products and low cost products. If you go into a “Rewe” you are much more likely to spend more money for the same products as you would be paying at “Penny”. And the simple reason is: “Penny” offers their products much cheaper than “Rewe”. So: Find out the different prices of your local grocery shops and choose the one, with the best price-performance ratio. Also, most of the products are the same, just different packaging.
Meal Planning is something I’ve been doing for a little while now. When I first moved out I just bought what I thought I needed, and what I wanted, when it was in the store. And that ultimately ended in me paying more and having to go more often, because I was missing a lot of ingredients. Also take into consideration the weekly offers your grocery store has and find out if they are actually the best deal.
Since I’ve been meal planning I not only spend less money but also have to go shopping once a week, which is super helpful if you’re super busy. I always make sure that I have recipes that include somewhat of the same ingredients, which means that I am more likely to use up a bag of carrots by myself, for example.
And since I’m more likely to cook in the evening, I always try to choose dishes that I could either re-heat for the next day as lunch or use the sides as extras for my salad, which I do prefer for lunches anyhow, because a warm meal always makes me feel tired.
Write down a Shopping List
Having a shopping list is super helpful. For beginners, you won’t forget anything that you will need and it makes grocery shopping so much easier and cheaper, since you are more likely to only buy what’s on your list. Simply because you won’t need more than that.
In the Shop
Always make sure to compare the kg/lb-price with the others, sometimes a product appears to be cheaper but isn’t. And if for some reason you shouldn’t need more products, buy it anyways, because you can always freeze a lot of it, especially veggies and fruits.
Also for the most part the house brand of products is cheaper than the well known brands, and they are usually produced by the same companies.
I hope I could give you some useful tips and if you have any more for me, please let me know them in the comments.
I wish you all a wonderful week!