Whether you have a larger family or it's that time of the year when all the bills arrive at once, at some stage most of us need to budget our weekly grocery expenses.
You can try your best to buy what's on special and cut costs from one big weekly shop, but more often than not you find what you need is never on sale.
I enjoy saving money. It's as simple as that. But do not mistake saving money for sacrificing on quality. It's just a matter of where and when you shop.
Try changing supermarkets - Some of you may not realise, but prices vary depending on which suburb you shop. Whether it be Coles, Woolworths, Foodland or IGA, their product prices vary from store to store. Perhaps you find that the store nearest to work is cheaper than the store close to home.
Take note on their mark down days - Keep an eye out for the days that your store marks down meat to sell it before the due date. Or perhaps they halve the price of hot chickens to sell them in the evening before closing.
Shop wholesale, at warehouses and markets - Rite Price Grocery Clearance Store has a massive range of products at unbelievable prices. Shop here for cheap chips, biscuits, drinks, condiments, lollies, canned foods, pet food, bathroom and cleaning products. They also stock a variety of marked down fresh food, wholesale meats, cheeses and frozen food lines.
Adelaide Fresh or smaller fresh green-grocers that are located in your local shopping mall offer better quality, local produce, much cheaper than your big chain supermarkets. Added bonus, it's fresh and tastes better too.
Aldi has caused quite a storm with their new stores opening in SA. Also shop here for cheap snacks, condiments, canned goods, fruit and vegetables, dairy and frozen goods.
Buy in Bulk - It may seem like it's a massive cost buying a whole rump or side of lamb but the unit price is actually lower. More meat for your money. Look for large portions of roasting pork, lamb, beef or even chicken at a low price and then portion that to create two, three or four different meals from that one chunk of protein.
Check junk mail - We all get inundated with it so use it. Go through them to find which supermarket has what you need on sale.
So there are some handy hints to save money when you are shopping to feed the hoards at home. They're even useful if you are planning to host a BBQ, dinner party or kids sleepover when you are on a tight budget.