OK, I don’t think I’m going to blow your mind here but I did want to tell you about a change I made a few months ago to my shopping habits that’s saved me some money!
I used to go shopping on a Friday night after work and in theory, I would buy everything we needed to get us through to the following Friday except for a mid-week mini shop for fruit and veg where we needed it.
The problem was that we’re all at home for most of the weekend and with a fridge full of food we were more likely to snack – not only on treats but on things like carrots (Miss Frugal loves carrot sticks), yoghurts and juice. I was also more likely to experiment with recipes by adding in different things and trying variations of what I was planning.
Obviously this could have been fixed by being stricter with what we all ate and cooked over the weekend but I don’t like to make an issue about food – Miss Frugal doesn’t eat enough as it is and her brother is a fussy eater so if he’s eating that’s a good thing.
So I decided to change my shopping day to a Monday!
Not a huge change admittedly but it does mean that the food I buy usually lasts as long as I need it to and by the time it gets to the weekend, my little snack seekers find themselves snacking on food that I would need using up anyway.
It’s worth thinking about how you could shop smarter to see if you could save money just by changing a habit or too, changing the day we shop is just a small change but it’s saved me an extra trip to the shop each week to re-stock!
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