By Phoebe Si-En Thong : final year Nutrition and Dietetic student
Reviewed by Rebecca Greco, Accredited Practising Dietitian, MND, B.HlthSci (1A)
Ever entered a supermarket with the intention of only purchasing one or two items but you came out with a bagful of things instead? Well, I certainly have!
Supermarkets are designed in a way which can allow us to lose control and spend lots of money if we’re not careful.
Therefore, here are some tips to help get you through the supermarkets without giving in to all the enticing deals and items!
1. Plan in advance and have a list of things that you want to get
A useful tip that I personally follow is to always plan in advance the meals that I am going to be cooking that week and from there, I will then come up with a shopping list. By sticking to such a list, it will ensure that I will only be getting the things I really need and this will help me avoid any of those impulse purchases.
2. Check out the online catalogues before heading to the store
Different supermarkets have different items on sale each week. Checking out and comparing the various online catalogues before heading to the store could actually save you some extra money!
3. Have something to eat before you shop
If you shop on an empty stomach, you may be more tempted to succumb to temptations and grab that bag of chips or can of sugary drink.
4. Buy produce in season
Foods in season are usually cheaper as compared to other parts of the year. For example, a punnet of blueberries can go up to $4 when it is not in season, but prices can go as low as $2 when in season. For more information, you can visit http://seasonalfoodguide.com/adelaide-sa-seasonal-fresh-produce-guide-fruits-vegetables-in-season-availability-australia.html for a seasonal food guide.
5. Read the labels
When comparing products, be sure to check the prices per 100g / 100ml. Sometimes, a product might seem more expensive but when you look and compare the prices per 100g / 100ml, it could actually be cheaper!