The Frugal Foodies Guide to Shopping

Living a frugal lifestyle can be a challenge for many of us, especially when it comes to shopping. Knowing what to look out for and how to alter your shopping trip to suit a more careful and pennywise shopper is essential if you want your groceries to cost less and produce as little waste as possible, so here is the ultimate guide to a waste-less shopping trip.

Buy in Bulk

Buying products such as toilet paper in bulk can save you a great deal of money as these items tend to be a lot cheaper to buy in bigger quantities. This will not only save you money on your grocery bills it will mean that you no longer have to add these items to your shopping list every single week as you’ll already be stocked up.

Clearance Shelf

All the items in store that have reached their best before date usually end up on the clearance shelf. Their prices are cut dramatically and so many frugal shoppers adore the clearance shelf as the products are cheaper and are still completely safe to consume. The next time you go shopping, check out this savings shelf and see what it has to offer.

Sort out your Kitchen

It is important to check and sort out your kitchen cupboards and fridge in order to find out what is missing and what you already have bought from the store. According to by checking your fridge before going to the supermarket you will often find yourself buying a lot less than if you hadn’t sorted your fridge and cupboards out beforehand.

Shop with Cash

If you shop with your debit card or credit card you are more likely to overspend than if you were to pay with cash. This is due to the whole ‘out of sight out of mind’ theory. If you can’t visibly see the money you are spending, it becomes a lot easier to overspend as you can easily become less money-conscious purchasing goods with debit or credit cards. If you enter the store with cash and a set budget to stick to, you are less likely to make impulse buys and therefore will save money in the long run.

Shop Alone

Shopping with a large group will often result in overspending on items that you didn’t intend to buy in the first place. According to, about 65% of the items in our baskets when we group shop are unplanned, an eight percentage point increase over shopping alone.’ To avoid this it is best to shop by yourself so that you can better control what goes into your shopping basket.

Reduce Waste

If you want to live a frugal lifestyle then you will need to reduce the amount of waste that you bring into your home. For instance, newspapers and magazines use a great deal of paper that usually ends up in the bin. Avoid buying papers and instead read your favourite magazines online. This will reduce the amount of paper waste that you accumulate and will also save you some money on your weekly shopping.

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  1. Really good tips Jodie! Whenever I go food shopping I’ll search online first for the best offers so I know what I’m going in for and I try to set myself a budget. Or I’ll go shopping late at night so more things are reduced which is perfect.

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  2. Elizabeth Rebecca

    I think shopping after lunch or eating is my top tip – otherwise I always buy more food 🙂

    Lizzie Dripping

  3. Great advice….I prefer to shop alone. If I take the kids with me I can easily spend a small fortune x

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