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How to budget and save on groceries at home

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

Hi Lovelies! It’s a fresh start to the week but somehow I can’t help thinking the time needs to fast forward to the weekend! Lol I know it’s the Monday feeling! To get us ready for the weekend, I thought I’d share some things that I have to remember when going grocery shopping.

A little back story. Growing up in Africa, back in the day it was mandatory to follow mum to the market to do the monthly grocery shop. She always had everything written down to the detail; it was a little- I mean long list of items to buy for the house, the brand and even the traders name next to it. She made me get used to going with her and now as an adult and a mum myself I understand why. I would need these little tips in the future. Once I asked her why she wrote everything down and she gave me some basic principles of managing your home resources that have helped me and that I’d like to share with you.


You probably only have to do this once, make it a long one that has all the things you want in the house. you can cross out or add as you go on. This way you won't miss an item when you go shopping. There’s nothing worse than queuing up to get into the shops, spending all that time in there only to get home to realise you forgot to buy milk! This always happens to me. Hence the list!


Where are my impulse shoppers! I mean once in a while you can sneak in an unplanned expense, maybe as a treat to yourself but it's important to know how much you have to spend on groceries so that you don't cut into other household expenses. This is where our shopping list becomes very helpful because you can write down what you plan to spend on each item.


I love good quality but I also love to feel like I’m getting the best value for my money. I do have my favourite supermarket brands but you'll find me occasionally checking a few others just to be sure I’m getting a good deal. So don't get lazy about it, plus it’s usually always worth it too!


Whilst a good deal may seem like a good idea, it’s worth taking the time to check when the bulk of your shopping will expire. I never go grocery shopping in a hurry or when I’m having one of those long tiring days because I end up grabbing the first thing on the shelf and end up with the short life items. It is a pain! Take your time, leave the kids at home, or if they must come with you, give them the dates you’re looking for and have them do the finding! You'll be surprised the things that get them all excited.

Do you have any tips that help you save and cash back? Share your recommendations in the comments

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