The weekly shop can be a daunting procedure, especially if you have many mouths to feed! But what is the average shopping bill and how much should we really be paying for our weekly necessities?
The average shopping bill for a family of four is said to be more than £100. This is a huge expense to most families, yet it’s also one that can’t really be avoided. Of course, there are ways to shop on a budget if you know how.
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Microwave meals and ready meals are in actual fact extremely expensive, especially when you consider they only feed one mouth on one day of the week. Instead of opting for the easy option, it may be a better idea to buy loose ingredients and create meals from scratch. This is not only a fun task for the entire family to get involved in, it’s also a great way to make much larger portions at a fraction of the price. Another benefit to this method – you know exactly what goes in every dish!
It’s amazing how much each and every family throws out every week – from fruit and vegetables past their sell by date to tins and packets that go unacknowledged for months in the cupboard. In order to avoid wastage and save money, it’s wise to check the fridge, freezer and cupboards prior to the weekly shop. This way, you’ll know exactly what needs using up – it will also save you spending money on items you don’t actually need.
Create a weekly meal plan
Creating a weekly meal plan is another good way to ensure you only buy what you need. Simply choose your recipes and write an ingredient list before hitting the shops.
To make life easier and again, to avoid wastage, always make more than you need. You can either eat the leftovers for the lunch the next day (which will save you spending more money throughout the week) or freeze the remainder to be enjoyed at a later date.