Eating healthy can be expensive. Use these smart shopping tips to save money at the grocery store.
- Shop at larger grocery stores and fresh produce markets. Smaller convenience stores are usually more expensive.
- Try to shop only once a week. Extra trips to the store usually mean you will spend more money.
- Check supplies at home to see what needs to be used up.
- Check the supermarket flyer for items that are on special, particularly foods in the meat and alternatives group.
- Plan a few meatless meals per week using eggs, tofu, beans, chickpeas, lentils or peanut butter.
- Buy the foods on your shopping list first. If you have money left over, use it to stock up on sale items that you can use later.
- Instead of buying instant, flavoured foods like pasta and rice, buy plain versions and flavour them yourself.
- Buy only what you need and can use up. Food in large packages is sometimes a cheaper buy but you will not save money if you end up throwing food away.
For more information on eating well for less, view the following factsheet.