Pages

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Spending less on the weekly shop..



As well as spending less money on things in general, (budgets are getting ever tighter around here), I've also decided that my weekly grocery shop is something I could save a lot of time on.

I've talked already this year about making a little more time, so that I could spend it doing the things I want to, rather than those which I feel I must. I know it's one of those never-ending battles, but I've been getting a little better at this and figured I'd list some of the things I've found to be helpful in my quest for more spare minutes in my day.


IMG_3949[1]
  • Planning: I've found that sitting down at the start of the week (Sunday evening) and making a plan for the coming seven days has really been helping me. I use a weekly planner to note down when I'll be home, when I'll be at the gym, and which meals I need to prepare in advance, that kind of thing. I think it's helping, as it gives me a little more time where I'd ordinarily be wondering what to cook, where I can challenge myself to catch up on the ironing, or reply to a letter. For someone who only spends about two nights per week at home, that's a real help. 
  • Stricter budgeting: A tip I read on a money-saving site once suggested that if you took only cash with you when you went to the supermarket, you'd have to stick to your shopping list. Likewise, we all know not to head to the shops on an empty stomach. I find that having a list I stick to makes me quicker - I detest supermarket shopping anyway, so anything to shorten the process is fine by me! 
  • Self-service checkouts. When I go to Tesco, I prefer to check in with my Clubcard and partake in their Scan and you Shop method. This saves time as it means I can pack up the items I've scanned as I go, with no need to transfer them from basket to bag when I reach the till. 
  • Online grocery shopping: Leading on from the tip above, ordering online is something I've been considering for a while now. Even Amazon have recently begun selling groceries online in competition with the usual stores, but despite the endless offers and promotional codes for free delivery offers and other penny-pinching deals out there (check My Voucher Codes for the latest deals). That said, despite all of the deals and points to be earned, most people still don't seem convinced by the concept of ordering online. The part that puts me off is when you hear about the ridiculous substitutions people are sent. 
Do you have any other tips for saving time and money with your weekly routine? 

13 comments:

  1. I still havent tried the scan and shop! I have found that by taking a slight detour on my way home from work I can pop to aldi and have been kind of topping up as I go.

    Online grocery shopping is something I used to do but just cant, Asda are the worst for ridiculous substitions!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I find scan and shop so much easier, really quick when you come to the checkout.

      Delete
  2. Make a massive batch of something eat it during the week or freeze some maybe? Xx

    ReplyDelete
  3. We've shopped online for years (Tesco) because there's 4 of us, we don't have a car and that's a lot of heavy stuff! It was a bit of a hassle when they began charging for bags (we used to hand back the previous week for them to recycle anyway) as it's all loose in the crates now. When there's only you, there wouldn't be so much though. It's not often we get substitutions or at least ridiculous ones, but yeah sometimes they really pick the most random thing, like jelly sweeties to replace chocolate. More often than not, you score because they charge you for the original item, but they pick something more expensive and of course you get the option to refuse subs (but it's a hassle if you have to buy it yourself later).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, this would only be for the two of us really. I think one of the things I struggle with is that with such hectic schedules, I'm never sure when I'll be home to receive a delivery.

      Delete
  4. I am an online shopping convert. I work and have 2 small kids so I don't want to have to waste time and energy dragging them round a supermarket on a busy Saturday. The unexpected upside is that I save quite a lot of money. I write a list and pretty much stuck to it and there just isn't the temptation to sneak as much extra stuff into the basket. They still advertise but it's not as "in your face" as it is in the physical supermarket. And I've never had a ridiculous substitution and even if I got one, I'd just tell the delivery guy/girl that I didn't want it, and they'd refund me and take it away. Yes it's sometimes annoying that you can't gauge whether you're going to get a large or small leek (or whatever), but overall it's fine. Definitely worth a try!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's a good point. Supermarkets are the worst. WHen I worked in a nightclub, I would finish my shift at 2am and then head to the 24hr supermarket to do my weekly shop and it was so much nicer at that time - so quiet!

      Delete
  5. I'm all about grocery shopping online. Tesco and Asda aren't great around here (meat sausages substituted for out of stock vegetarian ones), but Morrisons have always been reliable for us. We detest supermarkets so any time we can avoid going is a bonus! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. See, that's a crazy substitution idea. I really don't like supermarket shopping either, I try to put it off for as long as I can.

      Delete
  6. We do an online shop every week. You can specify that you don't want substitutions or put notes in to clarify what you would accept and, if you don't like the substitution, you just refuse it and they refund the money (I've only had to do this once in the past year)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah ok, that sounds more sensible. I know that a lot of them do a discount code voucher for your first shop, so I guess it makes sense to work my way through those.

      Delete
  7. (obviously I hadn't finished writing that! Here's the most important thing: try them all once; Sainsburys are the best around here both for substitutions and for carrying everything through to the kitchen without being asked)

    ReplyDelete