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Saving money at the supermarket

Saving money at the supermarket

We’re all noticing that the cost of goods and services are increasing quickly in New Zealand… groceries, power and insurance to name a few, it can start to feel like the money in your bank account is going out faster than it’s going in. That’s why it’s a good idea to start thinking about your spending habits, especially at the supermarket.

Don’t go to the supermarket hungry
It’s sounds obvious, but if you’re in a rush and want to squeeze in a quick shop before dinner, you’ll end up buying more than you need. Eat a piece of fruit and have a drink of water in the car on your way to the supermarket. That way you’ll be less tempted to buy that packet of chips or chocolate bar. Plus, your waistline and your pocket will thank you for it too. 

Make a list…and stick to it
You’ll save money by buying only the items you need and not what you don’t. Also, if you can, shop alone. Kids can be extremely sneaky at putting things in your trolley when you’re not looking or, repeatedly asking for something until you give in. 

Buy generic or home brand products
 The difference in cost between premium brands and home brands can be significant and add up quickly. If the product is like for like you’re not missing out on anything. And just remember, you’re not going to be eating the packaging!

Vegetables at grocery store

Shop in-season
It goes without saying that fruit and vegetables taste better when they are in season and are generally more affordable too. Plan your meals accordingly and reap in the savings.

Cut out the convenience food
Pre-packaged meals such as pizzas or bagged salads are quick and easy, but expensive too. Add your choice of topping to par-baked pizza bases and have some left over for lunch the next day.

Shop online
Today almost all supermarkets have a convenient online shopping option. Once you’ve selected all your groceries you can easily review your items and discard any you don’t really need. It’s a good way to ensure you’re within you budget before you arrive at the check out.