Whether you are about to start your first 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge or you’re a seasoned pro, we’ve got 15 tips to save money on your grocery shop (and who doesn’t love that!?)
One of the things many mums love about the Challenge is the shopping list which is automatically generated from the meal plans. However we have had a lot of feedback from mums asking for ideas for how to ensure they don’t have a budget blow out.
Today we have some real, specific, doable tips that you can implement to save yourself some cash at the register.
1. Swap the meat
There’s no need to be super strict with the meat that you use in recipes such as stir-fries, wraps, salads or soups. So if the recipe asks for pork but chicken is on special, use chicken instead.
2. Read the catalogues
Keep an eye on the specials in your local supermarket catalogues and stock up when your favourite products are on sale.
3. Go veggie
Many meals contain meat, and a great way to save money is to reduce your meat intake. Feel free to remove the meat and add tofu, lentils or chickpeas instead. Plenty of traditional recipes can be changed in this way and still remain delicious. Check out recipes for Vegetarian Pizza Scrolls and Veggie Lasagne.
4. Bulk up
When you see items on sale that you use regularly, stock up if you have room to store it. It might be almond meal, walnuts, flour, oats, almond milk.
5. Avoid one-offs
If a recipe calls for a specific ingredient that you don’t have, don’t rush out and buy it right away if you don’t think you will use it again. Choose another option from the menu or switch it out for an alternative.
6. Double up
There’s no need to cook a different meal for every lunch and dinner. Save money and time by cooking double one night and using the leftovers for another meal (or freeze to use later). Meals like Chilli Con Carne and Spaghetti Bolognese are perfect for this.
7. Use what you have
Get creative! If a recipe calls for a dollop of sour cream (that you don’t have at home) but you do have Greek yoghurt, don’t rush out to buy the sour cream. Many products can be switched for other alternatives.
8. Shop online
This is a great way to visually see your bill tally up before you part with your cash. If you need to you can cull a few items to ensure you come in under budget.
9. Avoid buying too much
If you regularly find yourself tossing certain foods in the bin that have gone bad, rethink how much of it you are buying. For instance you might only need a small amount of baby spinach so you could buy a handful of it loose instead of in a large bag.
Frozen veggies are another great way to prevent spoilage and are just as nutritious as the fresh variety. We use them in plenty of recipes, including this Healthy Chicken And Pineapple Fried Rice.
10. Use similar textures
Need a few tablespoons of breadcrumbs for a burger patty recipe but don’t have any to hand? Look around the pantry and see if you can find something else. You could whizz up some rolled oats or Weetbix in the food processor.
11. Watch your portions
Be sure not to cook too much if you will end up tossing it in the bin. Things like porridge, rice and pasta are very easy to prepare far too much of. Just keep an eye on the dry product as you’re popping into the saucepan and note that it will expand as it cooks.
12. Use your leftover smoothies
If you made too much smoothie, pop the leftovers into an ice block mould for a tasty treat for the next day.
13. Have an easy night
A great way to save cash is to have one night a week for a super thrifty meal. Think Vegemite and avocado on toast; or a jacket potato with kidney beans and pesto.
14. Avoid pre-prepared foods
Items that have been grated/chopped/sliced tend to cost more than the original item would. For instance, grated cheese cost more than block cheese. Sliced mushrooms cost more than whole ones.
15. Package your own snacks
Instead of buying snacks for yourself or the kids in packets, buy a larger serve and package up your own in small tubs. Think popcorn, pretzels, sultanas. You could even try making up a healthy trail mix to pop in school bags or your handbag for work.
Save $$ on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
If you are keen to improve your health and tackle your weight – then be sure to check out our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge where you can access meal plans, recipes and meal prep tips.
Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has been able to help thousands and thousand of mums lose weight, blast belly fat and improve their overall health through healthy eating plans and exercise programs, all while sticking to a budget.
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