How to save 25% on your groceries
How much do you spend on your groceries each week? The average Australian family spends around $300 per week (for a family of four). If you could reduce that by 25% you would save $75 a week or $3,900 a year.
1.) Plan your meals
Plan what meals you will have for the week including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert if any. Make sure you use up the food you have and eat things that will go off quicker earlier in the week. Having this plan means you can write and stick to a list, eat food in season and use the food you have. It’s one of the biggest ways to save money with your groceries.
Menu planning can be time-consuming by going over recipes, planning what to eat and when based on what you have followed by writing a shopping list for what you need. It takes many households an hour a week. If you shop without a menu plan you are likely to spend twice as much, though! ThermoHub gives you a weekly menu plan and can generate a shopping list based on that menu plan. You have the option of swapping out recipes if you want and removing or adding items to the shopping list as needed. This can save you up to an hour a week. Most members of ThermoHub spend only 15 minutes on their menu plan if they are customising it and less if they use the one sent to them each week.
2.) Buy groceries in season
It takes a little bit of research to know when things are in season, for example, oranges are plentiful in winter but more expensive in summer, lamb is cheapest in spring and you can get fantastic bargains on ham after Christmas (right into February!)
Plan your meals around what is in season to get the best prices on your groceries.
3.) Compare prices
Items go on sale all the time so you need to know your prices. Farmers markets are often the cheapest, buying meat in bulk from a butcher is usually cheaper than the supermarket and sites such as Frugl compare your supermarket items to save you more money.
By knowing and comparing prices, you can avoid paying full price on items and save even more money.
4.) Shop with a list
If you have your menu plan, you probably have a shopping list. ThermoHub can generate one for you with a few clicks based on your menu plan, saving you time.
Write everything you need down from food to toiletries, cleaning products, baby needs and alcohol if you drink it. Stick to your list and don’t be tempted by tasty treats you see along the way. All those extras add up.
5.) Make leftovers into new meals
If you have leftovers you can usually make them into a new meal. For example:
roast can be used in soup, curries, pies, on pizza, in a risotto, fried rice or calzone.
Sausages can be turned into sausage rolls, used in fried rice, sliced for the top of pizza, made into a curry or chopped up and used in place of meatballs with pasta.
Rice can be added to mince for meatloaf or meatballs, otherwise turn it into fried rice.
Curry can become a pie.
Bolognese can become shepherds pie, bolognese risotto or the base of a minestrone soup.
Vegetables can be used in frittatas, pies, quiches or on pizza.
Most leftovers can be turned into something new. You might need to adjust cooking times, increase vegetables or change ingredients, but if you get creative you reduce the likelihood of your kids groaning “Leftovers again?N Ugh, I hate leftovers!”
6.) Stretch meals out
Make meals go further by adding ingredients such as in season vegetables finely grated to dishes, soaking and adding lentils, kidney beans and other legumes (especially to dishes with lots of sauce and flavour such as curries, chilli and bolognese).
This is also a great way to use up vegetables that look a little worse for wear.
7.) DIY sauces, spice mixes, stock and flours
A Thermomix is a great tool for making sauces, stock, spice mixes, meat rubs, gluten free flours such as rice or almond flour and other pantry staples you might otherwise purchase. They can be as much as 50% cheaper to make yourself, plus you know exactly what is in them.
How do you save money on groceries?
ThermoHub is less than $2 per week. You can save up to $3,900 a year using the menu plans and shopping list.