Shop around and save money on food shopping

Save money on food shopping

I hate paying over the odds for food. It is the outgoing that seems the hardest to keep on top of nowadays with costs shooting through the roof. Over a period of time I tried several different ways of shopping. Firstly I had everything delivered once a week via online grocery shopping, and including extra milk & bread which I would freeze. This worked quite well and I alternated between using different stores that would deliver locally.

 I also tried shopping daily. Just picking up the bits we needed for that day. This was good in that being in-store meant I could pick up some cheapies but overall cost more.


Shopping around

Then I shopped around. I have finally found a balance that is convenient for me and saves money all whilst ensuring we enjoyed a balanced and varied balance. Now I have a Riverford organic vegetable box delivered once a week. At first glance the boxes look much more expensive than in-store veggies. The difference for us is firstly the quality, secondly the fact that the veg (and fruit!) lasts far longer than any I have bought in a supermarket and thirdly, having the box there has altered how I plan and cook my meals.

With Riverford you can order a set box in various different sizes and you can see each week what the boxes contain. You can add extras to your order or you can completely customise you order and choose from scratch what you want. My box comes on a Thursday morning and on the following Wednesday I have enough for all the meals that day and any little leftovers go into a quiche. We enjoy the fresh taste and don’t tend to indulge in any “rubbish”, not when we have a house stocked with lovely veg!

I now buy my meat from the butcher on our local market every Saturday morning. I can buy 7 portions for £10. To give you an indication of a “portion”, it might be 8 sausages or a small whole chicken (which actually seems to have more meat on it than a medium one from the supermarket). I’ve shopped this way for some time now and the quality is far superior to that which I’ve bought before. You really can’t argue with the price and I am happy supporting local business.

For everything else I have a weekly delivery for the supermarket (usually Tesco where I clock up the Clubcard points to use at Christmas!). I chose the cheapest convenient slot and buy only what we need for that week, including toiletries / baby wipes and of course the odd treat for the kids. This works for us.

Shopping around has been the best way to keep inside our food budget, and often has left us with extra left over to put away or treat ourselves with. Making the pennies stretch is so important but we won’t compromise on quality to do it. By checking out different food buying options we’ve found a way that we can have it all.


What do you do?

How do you shop/ Do you have a set routine, do you pick things up as and when? I’d love to hear about how you shop and what this means for your budget.


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Nicki Cawood, Mum, Freelance writer and Blogger at Curly&Candid

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  1. October 27, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    Great post – and I definitely agree that shopping around is the best way to do it but I always struggle to find the time. The main way that I keep my costs down is through menu planning – and sticking to it (which isn’t always easy). I plan the week’s meals, write a list and only buy what’s on the list from a combination of the local supermarket and the local butcher (sadly our greengrocer closed over a year ago as the owners retired and no-one took it over). Have to say though, I’d never be able to get 7 items for £10 at our butcher’s – the chicken is £7 alone (but delicious organic and huge so I don’t grudge it at all). I buy bread at the end of the day when it’s marked down quite significantly and freeze it. And I use my Clubcard points for Christmas and summer holiday treats – so, although our bills have gone up, I usually manage to keep us in budget.

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