July SASI’s savings month, however saving comes secondary to surviving for many families as we all struggle through the emotional, physical and financial strife caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

Food is a non-negotiable expense for families, and while we can forgo some luxuries, now is not the time to compromise on nutrition. Here’s how you can save on your groceries and feed your family on less.

Consider cheaper alternatives

Being brand conscious is a luxury many cannot afford at the moment. Where possible, look for cheaper alternatives. House brands are often (but not always) cheaper than other brands and are for the most part a good quality alternative.

Looking at similar brands that are cheaper than what you are used to is another way of saving, but still maintaining your repertoire of recipes.

Buy foods you can cook in different ways

Kershnee Kallee, Marketing Manager at Jungle, says versatile foods are a great addition to your grocery list.

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“It is crucial to buy food products that can be used in different ways and for different meals throughout the day. These are products, like Jungle Large Tiger Oat Flakes, that you can make a yummy breakfast with, and still be able to incorporate into a light lunch and a filling dinner at the end of the day. This versatility also means there is something everyone in the family will enjoy,” she says.

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Have a meal plan in mind

Being budget-conscious is essential, and planning is a big part of setting a budget. Planning your meals and creating your shopping list according to this can make a big difference to your monthly grocery costs.

This will also help you assess the nutritional value of your meals and highlight the gaps in your plans.

You cannot always buy in bulk

While buying in bulk has been repeatedly touted as a saving strategy, in many cases, it is not practical.

One of the downsides of buying in bulk is it starves you of variety, so you and your family are not getting nutrition from all the different food groups.

For more information on saving visit the South African Savings Institute (SASI).

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