If you’re on a strict budget, buying food for all the family can be a challenge, especially if you need to feed the family for an entire week. However, despite differing tastes and limited funds, sometimes thinking outside of the box can ensure you don’t go hungry. Here are some effective ways of feeding your family on a limited budget.
Living on a low budget doesn’t mean you can’t indulge. For example, collecting coupons from newspapers, magazines and online gives you endless ways to stretch your budget. You could also get friends and family to collect these for you too. This way, you can have all of your favourite food items at a fraction of the cost! Another way to get coupons and even free food is to contact your favourite brands. For instance, if you and your family love a top branded pasta sauce, try emailing that brand and stating that you love their products and wondered if they had any free samples or coupons of new products that you could try, and recommend to you friends and family. They may say no, however, they may offer you money off coupons as a thank you for taking time out of your schedule to complement them.
Becoming a mystery shopper at food outlets or grocery stores allows you to eat for free while making money. You can find mystery shopping companies by googling them and usually it’s fairly straightforward to sign up. Generally, mystery shopping involves agreeing to spend a certain amount instore and giving feedback on customer service. You get reimbursed for your purchase and are normally given a fee on top. It’s a great way to save money and eat out for free!
Buy food staples
Being in a family environment can be challenging, especially when it comes to food, which is why you should aim to get the most out of the money spent in your weekly shop. The best way to ensure you can stretch those meals out for a week is to buy raw food, vegetables, raw meat etc. This way, you can make multiple meals for a fraction of the cost. Just ensure that you plan your meals in advance and have food containers to store any leftovers in your fridge or freezer.
Always keep an eye out for food bargains. Most supermarkets have clearance shelves offering short dated items at discounted prices. You’ll also find many items on buy one get one free or 3 for 2 offers. Some stores promote bargain items at the front of the shop, around the tills. However, this is normally done to generate spur of the moment sales, so make sure you really need or want the item before purchasing. Another way to grab a bargain is to buy at pound stores or discount shops – just make sure you check the size or volume of the item you’re buying to ensure you’re getting a great deal!