Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Planning to Save; Easy Strategies Can Cut Your Weekly Food Bills

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Planning to Save; Easy Strategies Can Cut Your Weekly Food Bills

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Byline: Mariel Dawson

WE need food to survive, but food costs don't need to eat away at the family budget.

Author and founder of money-saving website Cheapskates-.com.au, Cath Armstrong, said there was a number of ways smart shoppers could slash their household food bills and save their hard-earned cash.

Her first tip for shoppers is to make a shopping list.

aMake a list and come up with a meal plan for the week, month or fortnight because that will give you control over what you buy,a Ms Armstrong said.

She said shopping list tools, found on most supermarket websites, gave the total cost of the bill so you knew what to expect when you reached the supermarket checkout.

aBecause you know how much it's going to cost exactly, take that money out and only have that amount in your purse when you go shopping. This way you won't be tempted to buy anything extra because there's nothing more embarrassing than not being able to pay at the register,a Ms Armstrong said.

She said buying fresh food and cooking meals from scratch was a great way to not only save money but also your family's health.

aIt's not expensive to eat healthy,a Ms Armstrong said.

Fresh fruit, milk, dairy, meat a these are the main things you need and are usually found at the back or down the sides of the supermarket, she explained.

aThe easiest way to cut your bill is to cut-out the centre aisles ... pretend they're not even there,a Ms Armstrong said.

She also advised shoppers to get to know the supermarkets in their area and take advantage of the sales offered at different stores.

aPlay the supermarkets off against each other. You don't have to be loyal,a she said.

Even if the stores are owned by the same company, they often have different managers who regularly mark down items like bakery products and meat at a specific time. …

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