Pricing on food has seen a tremendous increase in the last few years. Many families struggle to keep their head above water when it comes to monthly budgeting. Here are our 10 tips to make Grocery shopping more affordable:

1. Have a meal plan

It helps to have a meal plan for the week or month. This way you are sure to only buy what you need for the meals that you have planned.

2. Go shopping every fortnight

Try not to go to the shops every day. You’ll tend to spend more if you stop at the store every day or several times a week. Try going to the shops once a week and work your way to once every two weeks.

3. Have a shopping list

Having a list ensures that you only buy what is needed and don’t do any unnecessary shopping. Make yourself a rule: If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t go in the trolley.

4. Never shop hungry

This may sound silly but make sure to shop on a full stomach, as you’ll tend to buy fewer snacks and desirable goodies that you don’t need.

5. Buy less pre-cooked, pre-packed meals

Pre-cooked meals and pre-packed foods are usually more expensive because more labour went into it. Buy fruit and vegetables and chop, pack and freeze them yourself. It does require a bit more effort, but it is completely worth it for what you are saving in the long run.

6. Shop with a calculator

By adding items up as they go into the trolley, you are aware when you are nearing your budget.

7. Smaller can sometimes be better

Smaller sizes of items can usually work out cheaper than bigger sizes. Make sure to do the math before purchasing.

8. “ON SALE” doesn’t always mean savings

Don’t buy items just because it is on sale. If you don’t generally need or use it, then don’t take it. You will just spend money on something you wouldn't have bought before.

9. Shop around

Some stores might have better deals and prices than others. Don’t stick to just one. Make sure to check out different stores and get the best value for money. This might require a little more effort and not all of us have the time to go to 5 different shops for the best price on peanut butter.

10. Use OWEB as your shopping companion

Save yourself time and effort. OWEB is a price comparison app that does the shopping around for you. You can find the best prices from a variety of stores with one search. This way you can get the best value for money without having to physically go to 5 different stores. Here you can get the best price at all stores on that peanut butter you were looking for ;).

As the state of our economy weakens, more families are struggling to make ends meet. Every little bit that we save helps, therefore OWEB would like to be part of the solution in helping families in their day to day lives, to save you TIME & MONEY.