Food prices have already skyrocketed in the last year, and the rise continues. Looking at a check from the supermarket sometimes makes your knees buckle. If you want to lighten the family budget a bit, you need to think a lot more about what, when and where you buy. Try to follow the advice of experts.
According to the Czech Statistical Office, in October last year inflation was 15.1 percent, and in November it accelerated to 16.2 percent and became one of the highest in Europe. Eggs, flour, shelf-stable milk, oils and fats, potatoes or sugar are among the biggest jumpers in terms of food prices, i.e. the staples themselves.
Of course, the amount you spend on groceries depends on where you shop, what you buy, and how many people you have in your household. However, few people would like to even slightly offset the rise in food prices. There are a few general rules to follow:
Big buy for less money
Almost everyone does a big shopping trip from time to time. However, this does not mean that you mindlessly throw everything you can into the basket, especially various “discounted packages”. spoil and also they are a bit versatile so you can use them in a wide variety of dishes. Examples are pasta, rice or tomato paste. At current prices, buying them outside of the event is no longer worth it, and stores, including online, regularly offer them at a discount. Just wait and then buy more.
Shop after meals, with a list and no kids
If you go to the supermarket without a list, it’s easy to toss things in the trash that you don’t really need or forget something. Before you shop, it’s a good idea to take an inventory of your pantry and make sure you have staples like butter, flour, or pasta that you probably don’t buy every week. Also plan what you will cook and what ingredients you will need. Also, if you list by type of food (fruits, vegetables, chilled dairy, frozen, sweets…), you’ll be more efficient at moving around the store and won’t run between aisles and back to the store. where you have already been.
Even if you have a carefully crafted list, sometimes it can be difficult to stick to it. Especially if you take the kids with you to the store. So the next time you go shopping, leave the kids at home, make sure you have a list, and stick to it. And remember another old well-known rule: don’t go shopping hungry.
Bet on private labels
Today, almost every major store offers products under its own brand. They mainly concern staple foods such as rice, flour, dairy or meat products. In the store, they are often displayed not at eye level, but on the upper or, conversely, lower shelves. Private labels “hidden” goods from well-known manufacturers that supply them to retailers on precisely specified conditions. So you don’t have to worry about their quality being lower than standard brands. On the contrary – by making purchases, you will save from tens to hundreds of crowns and get the same amount or even more. Within private labels, you can also find different classes, including premium brands that offer quality and luxury goods at competitive prices.
Buy vegetables or sausage less, but more often
If you plan to make a large purchase from time to time, you will probably add products to your shopping cart that you will end up not using and will probably end up in the bin. A typical example is fruits and vegetables, which have also risen in price significantly. So for perishable items, shop more often and restock in smaller quantities. Instead of a pound of ham, take only 25 dkg and do not buy kilograms of cherry tomatoes, even if they are on sale – they quickly deteriorate at home.
Avoid items that save time but not money
It’s convenient to buy a ready-made fruit salad, peeled vegetables, grated cheese, or meat cut into medallions ready for immediate consumption, but the store charges more money for this. So if you want to save money, buy whole vegetables, meat or cheese and process them yourself at home, even if it costs you a little more time and labor.
Carry your own bag
In countries where they think ecologically, it is customary that if you come to the store with your bag, somewhere they will give you a discount on the entire purchase. It doesn’t work for us yet, but you can still save some money. First, without spending money on bags that are offered in the store and which are becoming more and more expensive. And when you know that you can only fit a limited number of things in your own bag, you will not buy unnecessary things.
Supermarkets already think it’s a shame to throw away food with an approaching expiration date. And so they prefer to sell them. At a discount, you can buy completely harmless food, which has only one drawback – it will “leave” in a few days. You can save up to ten crowns on one cup of yogurt in stores. It’s also a good idea to shop before closing time, when many supermarkets offer significant discounts on items that can’t be sold the next day, such as baked goods. Buying goods, the useful life of which is coming to an end, can be more profitable in specialized stores.
Login to the club
These days, browsing store offers and viewing discounts is more than useful. You can save even more with loyalty clubs. Some discounts only apply to “cardholders” or those with a store app. So download the app on your phone and store your store maps in it so that you have them in one place. You won’t miss any discount or limited time offer because it is automatically downloaded at checkout. Some shops also offer clubs for mums or retirees who can, especially in the current situation, shop more profitably or enjoy various additiol services.