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How to Save Money Without Cutting Back Your Shopping

Updated on March 8, 2013

Value For Money

How to Save Money Without Cutting Back on Your Shopping.
How to Save Money Without Cutting Back on Your Shopping. | Source

Current Unemployment Statistics (October 2012 )

Republic of Ireland - 14.8%

Northern Ireland - 8.2%

United Kingdom - 8.1%

United States of America - 7.8%


Why We Need To Save Money -

Ireland has seen dramatic change over the past four to five years. The roar of The Celtic Tiger has been and gone . . . for now.

Cost of living Increases have been implemented across the board for taxpayers, cutbacks in salaries and deductions in social welfare payments have happened. Ireland now has the fifth highest unemployment rate within the European Union.

Shocked? Well, we have all had a reality check here in recent years and from a personal point of view, saving money has never been more necessary.

I have adopted many lifestyle changes over the past year in particular.

We all need to eat and the way I shop has been one of the biggest areas of change so I wish to pass on my top money saving tips which will not cut back on your grocery shopping, but they will save you money!

Keeping an Eye Out for a Bargain

check special offers weekly and discounted foods near expiry dates in the supermarket.
check special offers weekly and discounted foods near expiry dates in the supermarket. | Source

Cheaper Supermarkets -

This is one big change for me. I was not really fussed where I shopped before, generally it was whatever was closest which was Dunnes Stores. Another reason for choosing somewhere close was the fact I did not have a driver’s licence and was limited to what I could carry.That has now changed and cheaper supermarkets have been an eye opener and so worthwhile exploring.

Go in with a budget and stick to it. Calculate the cost approximately as you around the isles in the supermarket and then you know if you’re on track. Go shopping with a list and stick to it.

Having recently moved down the country, I now go to the nearest town once a week to shop at a world renowned “Cheap Supermarket” and the saving is amazing. Our euro really stretches there. €20 goes so much further and you are getting some spectacular products without cutting back. I have become a huge fan of many of their products now and it is my main place to shop for groceries.

Fresh Vegetables on Offer

Lidl has a mix of 5 fruit or vegetables greatly reduced each week. It saves you a bundle of cash.
Lidl has a mix of 5 fruit or vegetables greatly reduced each week. It saves you a bundle of cash. | Source

Reduced Items -

I noticed last year in my local supermarket (Dunnes Stores) that they had four shelves in a 2 ft wide section of a cooler full of reduced products.

Meat, vegetables, fruit, yogurts, bread, and cakes are an indication of the types of foods available.

The catch is they are soon reaching their sell by date. I have picked up great offers such as free range chicken breasts, lean beef mince and vegetables at a third of the normal price.

I have now gotten in the habit of checking this area out (as it changes daily) every time I am near a branch. Check out your local supermarket, do they do similar? Have you ever noticed before?

Bulk Buy Special Offers -

Special Offers are a must when saving money and it’s about being a bit savvy and forward planning. Many places will have weekly offers such as Buy 1 get 1 Free or Buy 2 get a 3rd Free.

For example, in my weekly visit to the supermarket, I always check the pasta as their pasta is cheap at 49 c a bag (4 different types) and they often do one of these special offers. Bread, Sauces, Dairy, Fruit and Veg plus household essentials such as toilet rolls, toothpaste and washing up liquid offer great savings opportunities with special offers that you know you will use.

Money Doesn't Grow on Trees

wish it did!
wish it did! | Source

Buy Own Brand Products -

Many own brand products available are now offering not only value but are delivering on taste, quality and nutritional content.

Reading contents of food labels and nutritional breakdowns is something I do frequently now and have been pleasantly surprised by some products and horrified at others so it is definitely worth doing.

Don’t dismiss the Own Brand labels as they can offer great alternatives at a fraction of the cost.

Store Loyalty Cards -

If you’re Supermarket has a loyalty scheme it is worth signing up.

At one of mine, you are given a swipe card and every time you are purchasing products, you just hand in the card and are awarded points.

Every 3 months you are sent a monetary amount in vouchers to use on what you like.

This can come in so handy at expensive times like Christmas or if you are entertaining guests. Having a few extra Euros can go along way when you are savvy on ways to save!

Be Open To Change -

Changing our habits is not easy for some. I actually look at things quite differently and where shopping is concerned, I wonder what was I thinking not shopping around earlier?

In my family I have noticed big changes in shopping patterns too. Getting value for money is key as they all have their own different needs and family sizes to consider. We have changed our habits of a lifetime and have reaped the rewards.

Home Baking and Cooking -

Turning your hand to home baking is not only a great way to cut down cost but you will gain so much more in taste and quality.

Recently I made tomato bread and wholemeal bread which I have not made in approximately 20 years! What delight I got in tasting my own breads.

If stored in airtight containers, home baked goods such as cookies will last at least a week providing they are not displayed in a clear jar as they will disappear fast! Adopt the "out of sight; out of mind" rule and you will find they last a little longer!.

You may also bake and decide to freeze the items. It’s also a great opportunity to teach children and get them involved in baking so a win win situation all around!

Plan in Advance

4 x servings of my Chinese Chicken; 4 x servings of my Mexican Beef (2 servings per container)
4 x servings of my Chinese Chicken; 4 x servings of my Mexican Beef (2 servings per container) | Source

Prepare Meals in Advance and Freeze -

I am a huge fan of this and have found it really beneficial. Availing of different offers weekly I enjoy putting together interesting freezer friendly meals that I have prepared using as much fresh produce as possible.

I usually cook dishes with meats done different ways in a sauce that will be served with pasta, rice or potatoes. When you make it with as many vegetables as you want or that are on special, a little goes a long way.

It will save you time in the long run that you will have to enjoy at your leisure!

Do you Save Money?

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Grow Your Own -

You don’t need to have a garden in order to grow some vegetables, fruit or herbs.

They can be grown in containers and herbs are definitely the place to start.

Seeds are cheap or ask a friend for a cutting to plant up.

They make such a difference to flavour of food and have additional health benefits.

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    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi erinshelby,

      Many thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is amazing the savings that can be made with a bit of thought. I know we have totally changed our spending, we had to and we eat better than ever on less money. Cheers for your thoughts!

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      erinshelby 

      5 years ago from United States

      Looking at the reduced price rack is an easy way to save and there are often very delectable goodies there. Very helpful tip for those who weren't aware of it, Suzie HQ.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      Your so welcome with my featuring your pot roast! Thanks very much for adding more info here, very relevant for today's shopper. Markets are the best source quite often and your right, much cheaper and what I like is you are helping the independent farmer, for the most part. Appreciate your thoughts and comments as always :-)

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are great money saving tips! You're so right that saving money is more important than ever. Thank you so much for featuring my pot roast recipe! You can use an inexpensive cut of beef and stretch meals using leftovers over several days. Instead of shopping at the supermarket, we shop at an open air market. Not only do we save money but we have a better selection of quality produce. This is another great hub. You're full of creative ideas!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi rcrumple,

      Tut Tut on hubpages not notifying you!! LOL billybuc said the same thing actually. It is great to see such bargins in the cheaper places and I have found some GEMS. A gorgeous sweet an sour sauce I use with either chicken breasts cut up or it is equally great with beef mince. It is only 79c compared to the big brands of similar or in pasta sauces at over €2 here.

      Tomato Bread can often be found in deli's or bakeries and is delicious!! Try it out or . . . . make it??

      Thanks for your great input, appreciate all the support!

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Suzie - I went to your profile to see if you had been writing and low and behold, HP is screwing around with the emails again. You've been so busy and I haven't got word once. This is a great article on saving on the necessities. I try to get my wife to do some of these, but she's still in love with the expensive super market giant. She's amazed at what I bring home, but she still won't do it. Frustrating, to say the least. Tomato bread? That's a new one on me. Never heard of it before. Great Hub!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Thanks so much for reading. The store cards for supermarkets I find great as you just hand them in with your shopping at the till, get it scanned and that's it. It doesn't cost you anything and you reap the rewards later on. Appreciate your comments as always, thanks for the votes! Congrats on your whoppie pie hub hub score of 100 too!!! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Well, according to your poll, we have a lot of frugal people on here. Your hub will help us all to save even more with the posted advice. I am going to have to take advantage of those store membership cards. Voted up.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Tycoon Sam,

      I know exactly what you mean about the empty stomach and filling up the cart! I'm a devil for chocolate and sweet things or even crisps ( potato chips). I really need the list or I will go off track with the non essential gear! Thanks for your visit, comments and votes! :-)

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Effer!

      LOL, super shopper . . . . . I don't know about that!!! Having fun though! It is something that has become a way of life now and it feels great. Delighted you enjoyed this - appreciate your votes and words of encouragement!!! Thanks for sharing buddy!!

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      TycoonSam 

      5 years ago from Washington, MI

      Suzie, you stress some great points. My biggest problem is shopping on an empty stomach and filling up my cart. Making a list and sticking to it is a good idea. I also have to look at my grocery store to see if they have a marked down section.

      Voted up and useful

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Suzie Super Shopper!....One of my favorite topics......as well as something I am always investigating and implementing. Ways to save...to stretch....to substitute.....to simplify! This hub is terrific, girl! You are a very wise lady when it comes to getting what you want, without breaking the bank!.....Great job!!..........UP ++ & shared

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