AS much as we try to stick to our weekly shopping list, all ounce of self-control goes out the window whenever we see our favourite snacks on special offer.
Well if you always find yourself accidentally overspending in the supermarket, then you might just want to take a leaf out of Sharita Humphrey’s book.
Speaking to Taste of Home, the Texas-based financial planner shared her three easy tips which saves her almost £4,000 on her food shopping every year.
She explained: “Financial and time freedom are important to me because I have a goal to retire by December 2029.”
As such, the mum has got in the habit of bulk-buying- which she estimates has saved her £200 a month.
Instead of popping to her local store frequently, Sharita started going to wholesalers like CostCo.
This swap makes it everyday items like snacks and detergent cheaper in the long-run when you’re buying them in bulk.
What’s more, this mega shopping trips have also saved the mum money on petrol as she’s not having to go to the supermarket every other day.
On top of this, Sharita raves about the Flipp app which highlights any deals in local supermarkets and makes it easier to meal-plan accordingly.
Meanwhile, the Fetch Rewards app earns the mum gift card bonuses on all her food purchases by scanning the receipts.
Although Fetch Rewards isn’t available in the UK, the Shopprize App has a similar premise.
Thanks to these two apps, Sharita has saved an extra £40 a month.
Finally, the mum also swears by “shopping your pantry” and planning meals around some of the ingredients you already have in.
Explaining how it’s saved her an additional £80, she added: “I would use all or most of the items in my pantry before going to the grocery store.”
She continued: “I would encourage you to review your bank statements for the last 30 to 60 days to see how much you’re eating out.
“Reducing dining out purchases can help put money back into your monthly grocery budget.”