Eight simple ways to save big on your grocery bill

The Parkinson family Hannah, Cooper, Charmaine, Quinnley, Jade, Ella, Romie and Jordan knows how to save when it comes to grocery shopping.
The Parkinson family Hannah, Cooper, Charmaine, Quinnley, Jade, Ella, Romie and Jordan knows how to save when it comes to grocery shopping. Nick Houghton

WYREEMA'S Charmaine Parkinson knows all about how to get the most from her family's weekly budget.

With price increases across the board, from petrol and food to rates and electricity, it is becoming harder and harder for local families to make ends meet.

Despite relying on only the wage of husband Jade, Mrs Parkinson said by making a few cost cutting measures across the board her family of eight got by comfortably.

"With six kids to feed, food is one of our biggest expenses," Mrs Parkinson said.

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"I am always looking through catalogues to see if there is any good bargains, however the most important thing I find is having a strict list and weekly food budget.

"Planning meals for the week is also a big thing I do each week as it means I only buy what we really need."

Mrs Parkinson said buying in bulk wasn't something which helped her family cut costs.

Saving tips

  1. Write a list of meals for the week and take it shopping.
  2. Only buy fruit and vegetables which are in season.
  3. Look into bulk meat packs to save money on premium cuts.
  4. Only shop when you really need to.
  5. Know the best days to shop. Mondays and Thursdays are usually when the bargains are to be found.
  6. Shop on a full stomach. It will reduce the spur-of-the-moment cravings.
  7. Plan ahead and always do shopping in well in advance.
  8. Set a strict budget and stick to it.

"We used to shop at Campbell's Wholesale however found that it wasn't necessarily cheaper than the supermarkets," she said.

"Also, the extra outlay upfront to buy in bulk made it difficult.

"We do most of our shopping at Aldi and can buy everything we need and still keep well in our budget."

Mr Parkinson said the money the family saved helped to pay for other important things such as the kids' weekend sport.

"We are pretty good around the house with keeping our power bill and other expenses down which allows us to have a bit of money left over for other important things," he said.

"We still go on holidays and save money there by going with Charmaine's parents and sharing the cost of accommodation."

Mrs Parkinson said her family also saved money by swapping kids' clothes with friends and limiting the use of dishwashers and air conditioning.



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