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Save Money by Planning Your Shopping

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Learn how to easily plan a large food shop and stop wasting money in convenience shops.

Unfortunately, convenience shops are exactly that. Too convenient! However, that comes at a large cost to you with prices as much as doubling in small shops.

With pasta is available for as little as £0.30 per pack in supermarkets and corner shops have priced a similar product for close to £1.40. It seems there is no limit to to how much extra we pay for convenience.

How Much Can You Save By Shopping in Supermarkets?

This is hard to give an exact figure for as this will differ country by country. How ever by showing you a plan for a food shop and the difference in the one from a corner shop, you’ll still see the difference between both lists. Ill be using a well known Supermarket in the UK, along with another very well known smaller shop that you might find in most areas in the UK.

To keep it fair ill also be looking for the cheapest of each item in both stores.

Item Time Supermarket Convenience Shop
Spaghetti  500g£0.55£1.50
Mushrooms 150g-250g£0.57 (250g)£1.10 (150g)
Sliced Bread 800g£0.49£0.75
Broccoli 350g Approx£0.47£0.70

I have only compiled a list of 4 products and quite quickly you can see that your paying almost double for the convenience shop.

With the total of the Supermarket coming to £2.08. And the smaller corner shop totalling £4.05, you can use that maths to work out that your roughly paying double what you would pay for the month.

If you spend £300 a month and you shop a lot in corner shops, you could be saving almost £150 per month!

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Get Started With Planning Your Shop

The first thing you need to plan, is the number of meals to eat for the month. Which at first seems like a daunting task, however using this guide it should make it easier and once you have done it one or twice you’ll soon be wandering why you weren’t doing this before.

Main Meals For The Week

To break it down further we then split that into weeks, think of 7 meals that you might often have.

  • Chicken Chow Mein
  • Spaghetti bolognaise
  • Lasagne
  • Battered Cod and Chips
  • Sausage Casserole
  • Hunters Chicken
  • Carbonara

So we start to sort this into meats vegetables and extras, we can use 1 larger pack of chicken to complete 2 meals for this week, 1 Large pack of beef mince for another 2 meals. Then to finish, 1 pack of bacon, 1 pack of sausages and 1 pack of 4 Battered Cod Fillets (Frozen)

For the vegetables we would need onions for 4 dishes, so 1 large pack of onions, 1 Garlic for 3 meals, 1 pepper, 1 pack of frozen peas, maybe some runner beans.

Add any extras or sides you might like, then its onto the Lunch Menu.

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Lunch Time Meals For The Week

  • Sandwiches
  • Baked potatoes and Beans
  • Soup
  • Toasty/Grilled Sandwich
  • Poached egg and toast
  • A Tuna Salad
  • Chicken Pie

Now to analyse this, we would need 1 pack of bread, 4 potatoes, 2 tins of baked beans, 4 soups or ingredients for 1 large soup. Along with that 1 pack of eggs, 2 tins of tuna, 1 pack of ham, 1 block of cheese (also used for other meals) and of course 1 family sized chicken pie.

Breakfast Time Meals For The Week

  • Cereal for 2 days
  • Toast for 2 days
  • Waffles
  • Eggs and bacon
  • Fruit and Yogurt

For the breakfast menu for the week, you will need 1 pack of cereal, 1 more pack of sliced bread, 4 pack of waffles, 1 pack of eggs, 1 pack of bacon, fruit and yogurt. Lets just add Nutella as a popping for the waffles.

Putting Your Shopping Plan Together

Now with all the items you have gathered from your list, like i have in bold. We simply put together a list of all the items we have listed for all the meals of the week. Ill make a list from the weekly plan above.

  • 1 Large Pack of Chicken
  • 1 Large Pack of Beef Mince
  • 2 Packs of Bacon
  • 1 Pack of Sausages
  • 1 Pack of 4 Frozen Cod
  • 1 Large Pack of Onions
  • 1 Garlic
  • 1 Pack of Frozen Peas
  • 1 Pepper
  • 2 Packs of Sliced Bread
  • 4 Potatoes
  • 2 Tins of Beans
  • 4 Soups
  • 2 Packs of Eggs
  • 1 Pack of Ham
  • 1 Pack of Cheese
  • 1 Family Sized Chicken Pie
  • 1 Pack of Cereal
  • 1 Pack of 4 Waffles
  • Fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Nutella
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The Important Part of Creating Your Shopping List

Now this seems perfect and like its going to be a whole week with ought needing a shop. How ever, you also need to plan the snacks that you will inevitably get from a corner shop.

I’m not here to for a dietary plan, just ways to save money with your shopping. I like to be realistic in the fact ill probably need a multipack of crisps for the kids along with a multipack of chocolate bars. Make sure you add things like this a the savings are huge.

Once added to your list, head down to the supermarket of your choice, and look for bargains!

By analysing the meals before shopping your stopping the constant need to top ups. No only that you’ll now enjoy some extra free time by not needing to run back and forth from shops.

Spending 30 mins once per week will save you time and money, and not only that you have a great plan you can use to save them time of trying to decided what to eat tonight, as its planned, decided and also available for you to cook.

Thank you for reading, check out some of our recipe’s to grab some ideas.

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