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This is how you do your shopping economically ...

Do your groceries economically . Is it possible to save on groceries in 2021? A VAT increase was introduced in 2021. The low VAT rate has changed from 6% to 9%. This rate applies to groceries in the supermarket, among other things. So that is a bit of a shock behind the till. Saving on groceries for 1 person is an extra challenge.

It's time to take a look at our grocery spending each month. Some saving tips on groceries come in handy here. Be inspired by the tips below “ shopping sparingly ”. Make a contest of saving on your weekly groceries.

How to save on groceries?

Now let's save on groceries with the following tips:

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Save on groceries
  1. Visit the cheapest supermarket : There is quite a difference between the prices per supermarket. According to the consumer association, Dirk van den Broek is the cheapest supermarket. Make use of their app. This way you can check in advance what is the cheapest. This way you can do your shopping quickly.
  2. Make a weekly menu and do weekly shopping. The more often a week you visit the supermarket, the more often you come home with extra unnecessary products.
  3. Choose house brands or C brands: House brands or basic brands are often a lot cheaper than A brands (outside of the offers) and sometimes you don't even notice a difference in taste. So give this a try.
  4. Eat vegetarian too : Meat is often the most expensive part of the meal. Try replacing it with good substitutes such as lentils or egg.
  5. Cook portions for several days : Cooking for several days is cheaper because you minimize the price per meal. This tip is especially important for cheap shopping for 1 person.
  6. Choose a supermarket in the area : In addition to the costs you pay in the supermarket, you also incur costs for gasoline or public transport to go up and down. Be prepared for this too and opt for a supermarket as close as possible.
  7. Limit drinking of soda and alcohol : Leave soda and alcohol as much as possible and replace with water or tea. This saves a lot of money. This is also better for your health.
  8. Keep a supply of bread in the freezer: If you freeze bread immediately and take out the amount of necessary slices for the next day the evening before, you prevent waste.

Save even more on groceries

  1. Also buy frozen vegetables : Frozen vegetables are a lot cheaper than fresh vegetables, while they are also very healthy. Be careful with canned or potted vegetables. With these options you opt for less healthy due to the added salt or sugar.
  2. Keep well in advance account birthdays or parties .: If you already well know in advance that there comes a time or a birthday party, which you must do a lot of shopping, you can take some time offers eye and stock up at the cheapest time.
  3. Limit cooking with bags and packages : Packages that already contain all the necessary ingredients are very handy, but less good for your wallet. You pay a lot more for the ingredients.
  4. Have a shopping list : When you make a list in advance, you minimize the chance that you put items in your basket that were actually not planned. If necessary, collect your list during the week by adding it to a list that is already ready every time you think about supplies.
  5. Check the kitchen cabinets carefully at home before you go to the store: Avoid purchasing products that you will find at home with enough stock later on. Das only thrifty grocery shopping
  6. Also buy outside the supermarket , on the market or in the toko: You will often find competitive prices on the market or in the toko. Investigate whether you can get your regular products cheaper outside the supermarket.
  7. Check your receipt whether everything has been registered correctly: When you leave the store, always check the receipt whether everything has been correctly registered. Maybe you were dealing with a sleeping cashier or an offer had not been properly implemented in the system. Something can always go wrong. It would be a shame if you did your shopping so thoughtfully and then unnecessarily incur the costs unnecessarily. Checking the receipt will only take you half a minute.
  8. Do you want to go shopping economically? Go to the supermarket at the end of the day and choose offers with date stickers: At the end of the day you sometimes score an extra discount on products that are up to the date and the supermarket therefore wants to get rid of.
  9. Save eating snacks and treats for weekends or special occasions: Eating snacks and treats every day is a matter of getting used to. Try to limit this to the weekend or special occasions. Then you also enjoy it extra and limit increasing costs.
  10. Economical shopping also means paying with cash or with the self-scanner from a weekly budget: When using a self-scanner, you will see the amount that you will eventually be paying up. This way you keep more conscious attention for the amount. Only take the cash to the store to the value of your weekly budget. For example, it is impossible to pass and you are forced to fit and measure.
  11. Monitor your expenses: Keep receipts and add up your grocery expenses at the end of the week or month. This way, you are less likely to go unnoticed about your budget and go to the supermarket more consciously the next time.
  12. Check the best before date : A best before date (best before) means that products may be sold up to that date. However, if you store them correctly, you can eat them even longer. Be careful with UHT dates (best before). With these products it is more important to be aware of this date. Always smell the product well.
  13. Buy seasonal or regional products: Often, products that are readily available at the current moment or in the region are relatively cheap. So sail with the season!
  14. Buy in large quantities : Large packs are cheaper. Products that you continue to use are therefore always in stock. However, make sure it goes on before it goes bad, otherwise it is like wasted money.
  15. Also pack products at the bottom of the shelves and avoid products at eye level. In supermarkets, the more expensive brands and variants of products are often at eye level. You have to bend a lot to get the cheaper version.
  16. Shop with time limits : When you have plenty of time to do your shopping, there is also extra time to get bogged down in rows where you see all kinds of temptations you didn't need.
  17. Grow your own food in the garden: Get creative with growing your own vegetables in a small vegetable garden.
  18. Make a competition of buying offers: Try to eat only products that are on sale for a week or month. Your weekly menu is determined by the offers of the moment and you get the bonuses everywhere.
  19. Cut your own vegetables and meat: Pre-cut vegetables and meat are extremely expensive. So get started with the knives in the kitchen yourself.
  20. Only walk the necessary route through the store: Avoid queues in the store where you don't need anything, this will only create additional temptations. Don't have it on your list? Then you don't have to go there.
  21. Consider shopping online : When shopping online you often avoid impulse purchases, because you do what is on your list in the online shopping basket. However, this option is no longer cheaper when expensive delivery costs are involved.
  22. Go shopping alone : Shopping with the children in particular can sometimes lead to rising costs. When your sweet child gives you a sad look with a cheerful Disney packaging in your hands, you will have it in your basket in no time.
  23. Have enough snacks in your bag on the go: When you always have something small to eat in your bag, you avoid unnecessarily stopping to get something to eat at often expensive prices.
  24. Avoid the supermarket when hungry : It has been proven that shopping when hungry leads to more purchases. The temptation is then extra great and it is easier to overestimate what you will need.
  25. Don't throw out unnecessary food and get creative with leftovers: Consider a leftover day. All bits together make one good meal again. With stale bread you can make all kinds of everything and leftover vegetables or meat you can easily freeze.
  26. Where possible haggle on the price: In the supermarket it is not possible to haggle on the price, but on the market or in a toko this is sometimes possible. Think of products that are printed or contain small irregularities or spots.
  27. Go for less consumption. Read all about consuming less here »

In short, economical shopping is a challenging sport. However, you do get a lot in return. It saves a lot of stress at the end of the month and maybe even provides extra cash for fun things or a rising savings account.

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