How To Feed Your Family On a Budget?

By SiliconIndia   |   Saturday, 16 June 2018, 07:00 Hrs
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How To Feed Your Family On a Budget?

Feeding your family is tough. The cost of living is rising and access to affordable, natural foods like fruit and vegetable is becoming increasingly difficult. We live in a world where everything is pre- packaged and “on the go” but it’s far healthier to stick with the basics. Many families will fall into the trap of spending excessive amounts of money on food just so that they can get the meals they want on the table.

There are a few things to keep in mind if you want to save money on your family grocery bill and it may be a lot easier than you think.

Back To Basics

When shopping, one of the biggest money wasters is going for the big name brands, following food trends and buying lots of processed, pre-packaged foods. A great example is something like almond meal that ends up costing you 3-4 times that of whole almonds that can easily be put in a food processor.

When it comes to packaged things like biscuits and dips, just buy the larger serves and portion them at home. When you’re making school lunches simply put the biscuits and dips into smaller containers. The little hassle of having to divide each portion up instead of having it already packaged will be worth the savings.

Meal Plan

Planning meals ensures that you fit within the budget and don’t waste money on unnecessary items at the supermarket. Planning meals also means you know exactly what you are going to cook at each meal making it faster and therefore more efficient. It also means that you will have everything you need at home saving last minute trips to the supermarket before meal time.

If you struggle to find the time for every meal, delivery services can also be a great option. Services such as HelloFresh and their recipes offer a number of meals each week with all of the ingredients sent to your door. This means that you will have everything you need come meal time and don’t need to spend time shopping or planning certain meals each week. It can be a really cost effective method for those times when you can’t be bothered.

Shopping Plan

In line with meal planning, you need to have everything you want on your shopping list. Writing it all down on a shopping list ensures that you only buy what you actually need and don’t waste money on unnecessary items.

Buy in Bulk

When you need to feed your whole family, it is worth buy in bulk to save money. Compare price per kilo and see which is more worthwhile. For foods that will be regularly used such as rice, buying large amounts at a time is going to be very beneficial in the long run saving you money and the hassle of having to buy it for a while. For items that have a long shelf life like flour, also opt for the larger quantity as you know it will get used and it won’t go stale any time soon.

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