There are 3 steps to shopping more wisely and saving ££s:
Don’t fall for any sales tricks
Read the section above to familiarise yourself with the tricks used by supermarkets. Now that you have a better idea of how supermarkets convince us to spend more, or buy things we don’t necessarily need, you are far better equipped to avoid these tricks and work out if you really are getting a better deal on your item or if it is worth taking advantage of an offer.
As well as thinking about when you go shopping, planning your meals can make a massive difference to how much you spend. Thinking about what you have planned for the week or month, and then organising your meals around this works brilliantly. You can do this for the whole family, helping to make sure everyone stays healthy and keep your spending on track.
There are lots of webpages, blogs, books and Instagram posts that you can access to set you off on the best way to plan for the household meals. The Beginners Guide to Meal Prep & The Best Way to Use a Weekend for Meal Prep give a great overview of how to get started.
If you have your meals planned, you can then easily come up with a suitable shopping list to help you stay on track. If you take a look at our section on Preparation and Cooking, lots of the sites we signpost to have facility to download shopping lists. Cooking in bulk and then freezing is also a great trick. This will ensure that you have meals at the ready. If you plan to have a set amount of meals saved up for the month, you will be less likely to impulse buy and go rogue in the supermarket.
Stick to the plan
You’ve worked out a meal plan and you now have a shopping list...you just have to stick to the plan, (no matter how tempting the deals seem). This can sound easier than it actually is as so many challenges can be put in place to throw you off course, including your mood.
The Money Advice Service found in a 2016 study that, on average:
- People who shopped whilst tired spent an extra £14.53 each time.
- People who shopped whilst hungry also spent more with around 59% of shoppers increasing their purchases due to rumbling tums.
If you make sure that you plan your shopping into a timeslot that isn’t rushed or poorly timed, you are much more likely to stick to a shopping list.
Do we spend more when we are emotional? video link