Tips on how to save at supermarket, keep food longer, save on energy bills and petrol
Are you feeling the pinch due to the daily rising costs? You aren’t the only one.
Australian consumer association CHOICE has released its recent Consumer Pulse Survey, which found that Aussies are concerned about the cost of living – which is at its highest in three years.
They found that nearly nine in 10 (86%) of people have anxiety about the cost of food.
In fact, CHOICE has also released some tips on how to save at the supermarket, keep food longer, save on energy bills and tackle the rising petrol prices.
How to save at the supermarket
CHOICE are asking consumers to not shop on autopilot and pay attention while they are putting things into their trolleys.
1. Compare prices across supermarkets
Break down the cost of a product into standard units of measurement, such as per 100 grams, and let you compare different products more easily.
2. Switch to supermarket-brand products
Supermarket home-brand products could save you up to 40%.
3. Go for specials
Keep track of discounts and special offers and be prepared to switch supermarkets to pick up bargains.
4. Look for product refills
Opting for products that can be refilled could save money and reduce the amount of environmental waste you produce.
5. Avoid pre-cut food items
CHOICE found that pre-cut fruit and vegetables can cost up to five times as much per kilo as the unprocessed originals.
Instead, buy whole items, chop up your own vegetables and fruit at home.
6. Try different cuts of meat
Look at the price tags and opt for cheaper meat, if you need to. Chicken drumsticks could be up to three times cheaper than breasts.
7. Buy frozen veg and fruit
It’s often cheaper to settle for the frozen options.
Fresh produce is good value when in season but can get very expensive if they’re out of season.
8. Plan meals ahead, and shop smaller and more often
Check what you have in your pantry. Make a meal plan and shop little and often to avoid buying (and then wasting) things you don’t need.
How to save in the kitchen
1. Keep food in the right place
Storing your food the right way is key.
Tomatoes will stay flavourful for longer, and bread will go stale less quickly if kept out of the fridge, says CHOICE. Maybe you could store bread in the freezer, so it lasts longer. Put veg in glass jars inside the fridge to last longer.
Eggs stay fresh inside the fridge also.
2. Switch to reusable wraps or containers
To cut down on using cling wrap and also being wasteful, try storing things in plastic containers or using reusable wraps.
3. Use your leftovers
Don’t throw leftover food in the bin, they can be used for tomorrow’s lunch or put in your freezer for a meal down the line..
4. Get money-saving gadgets
A food processor could extend the life of foods such as bread, which can be blitzed into breadcrumbs and then kept in the freezer.
A coffee machine will stop you spending money on your daily takeaway coffee.
How to save on power
1. Get more out of your everyday appliances
Some household appliances you can’t live without – a.k.a. your washing machine. But make sure the machine is full and if you need to use your air conditioner it’s clean of debris, which means it doesn’t have to work as hard.
Or try adding a few layers instead of turning on the heater.
14. Turn off power-sucking devices
Keeping things on standby can suck the energy out of them. Turn off your router and microwave at the wall after each use.
15. Renegotiate with your power provider – or find a new one
Consider renegotiating your energy plan with your provider – or finding a new one altogether.
How to save in the car
1. Compare petrol prices
Like with your grocery bill, shop around for cheaper petrol prices.
2. Plan your trips and don’t speed
As well as potentially saving your life, driving slower can also save you money. Fuel consumption goes up dramatically once you start going over 90km/h, meaning you might have to stop off to refill your tank sooner than expected.
Short car trips use up to 20% more fuel so try to do all your errands in one go.
3. Open windows instead of using air conditioning
Turning on the air conditioning in your car can increase fuel consumption by up to 10%. If it’s hot, wind down your window.
However, an open window when you’re driving fast (over 80%) might cause your car to go slower.
How mum saved nearly $10,000 by following The Healthy Mummy!
In fact, amazingly, she has been able to afford an additional six months off on maternity leave!
“I have lost 25kg over the course of two years but in that time I have also had my third pregnancy and am now in my postpartum journey,” she says.
“We have saved so much money as a family just by following the Healthy Mummy!”
What Gemma has to say about losing $10,000 in the last year
‘Over the past 12 months I estimate we have saved close to $10,000! We did this by cutting down our takeaway from three times per week to one per week (savings $100 per week).
I cancelled my gym membership (savings $30 per week) and by planning out our meals and snacks to save on waste (savings $50 per week).
Thanks to welcoming our third surprise bub, I have had to make the same budget stretch to include formula (I cannot breastfeed), wipes and nappies (extra $50 per week).
Plus, with petrol being so expensive I have had to cut back our food budget by another $50. Consequently I have had to become extra budget conscious!’
Gemma’s top budget tips are:
1. Portion out your meat, veggies and fruit and freeze them
As soon as you come home with groceries portion out your meat, veggies and fruits and freeze them to stop them from going off in the fridge. BONUS if you can pre-make your meatballs and burger patties at the same time. This will save you time when you can’t be bothered cooking!
2. Pack your freezer smartly
Stock up on freezer bags/containers to save your leftovers. Get inspiration from the NEW 3 Pot Meal Plansto see how you can repurpose your leftovers into something new!
3. Look for discounts
Check out the discount section of your local fruit and veg shop! You can pick up some amazing bargains on ready ripe fruits and veg. But make sure if you buy it you know what you will use it in!
4. Swap different ingredients out
Be ready to substitute meats, vegetables and fruits in The Healthy Mummy recipes! These recipes are very forgiving! So don’t feel obligated to buy all the different fruits and vegetables, pastas and grains that are listed! Use what you have on hand! I have saved so much extra money by doing this!
“I feel amazing being able to save so much money! I also wish I had started doing this sooner because I feel like I wasted so much money,” Gemma says.
“I also feel very relieved because our third bub was a surprise and has meant we have had a lot of additional costs plus a reduction in our family income.
“Being able to afford that expenditure has meant I can take the full 12 months of maternity leave rather than have to return to work after only six months! Having this extra freedom has been so helpful!”
“My favourite budget recipes are ones where I can substitute in whatever I have or where I can use a cheaper ingredient. Any of the stir fries are great for using up whatever is left in the crisper! I love the new bulk Chilli Con Carne which I use for Nachos, tacos and Mexican Lasagne.
“I also buy frozen fruits on sale for my smoothies which I also sub into my dessert recipes! Finally, I love the new Overnight Weet-Bix recipes. We ALWAYS have yoghurt and Weet-Bix in the house! It’s a great breakfast or snack!”
How Gemma began her weight loss journey with The Healthy Mummy
“Given my maternal age, pre pregnancy weight and medical conditions, I had to be very careful with my weight gain during this pregnancy,” she says.
“Following the pregnancy meal plans and workouts in the app, I managed to limit my weight gain to 8kg (as recommended by my doctor).
“This was my first Healthy Mummy pregnancy and was my healthiest and lowest risk pregnancy yet! It was so simple to stay on track with the help of the app and supportive community!”
“Post-pregnancy I have already lost 10kg at 16 weeks postpartum. This makes me 2kg lighter than my pre pregnancy weight!”
This was Gemma’s third c-section and she started by doing some gentle walking two weeks postpartum.
“Just getting out in the fresh air stopped me from feeling overwhelmed and gave me perspective. It helped to alleviate those post baby blues and feeling like I wasn’t ‘enough’,” she says.
“My advice for those first few weeks is to prioritise your rest/sleep. When I am sleep deprived I find I am more likely to overeat sugary snacks and drink too much coffee! Being tired also makes it really hard for my body to lose weight.”
What a typical day on a plate look like for Gemma
A typical day on a plate is between 1800-1900 calories.
Dinner: I cook dinner fresh most nights and prep what I can during the day.
Snacks: These are essential – including pre-breakfast snacks for those early morning feeds.
Dessert: It is a MUST have! It’s my favourite time after all the chores and bedtime routines are done to chill out and enjoy a sweet treat.
“A few of my favourite quick recipes are the Dairy Free Scrambled Eggs, Bacon Cheese and Corn Loaf, Bacon and Mushroom Ravioli, Healthier Hot Dogs, Beef Burgers and Snickers Mousse. But I like to use the “5 and under” filter in the app for meal planning inspiration!
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