- Publish Date
- Thursday, 17 May 2018, 11:42AM
We all head to the supermarket with the best intentions of saving.
But after a few impulse buys, some extra snacks and a lovely cut of meat, you suddenly find your grocery bill has spiralled out of control.
Sydney couple Michael and Sabrina Maiorano and their two children spend on average A$650 (NZ$707) a week on groceries, equating to A$37,000 (NZ$40,000) a year at the checkout.
Their food bill equated to more than double the Australian national yearly average of A$13,900 per household.
But now the family who once made all the wrong supermarket mistakes has cut an incredible A$17,000 (NZ$18,000) a year off their grocery bill by making small and simple easy swaps.
The Maioranos have released their five tips that'll save families around New Zealand and Australia thousands of dollars...
- MAKE YOUR OWN CRUMBED CHICKEN
The family was buying 2 x 400g of pre-crumbed chicken tenders each week, which costs around A$20. Crunching the numbers, they were paying someone A$8.60 just to crumb the chicken. But by buying the same amount of plain breast chicken for A$11.20 and making their own crumb from scratch using bread, rosemary and other herbs, it saves A$670 a year.
- MAKE YOUR OWN SNACK PACKS
The Maioranos were buying pre-packaged cheese and biscuits snacks for their daughters each week. But by buying sliced cheese and a packet of biscuits, and creating their own snack packs, they can save A$290 a year.
- MAKE YOUR OWN YOGHURT TREATS
The family was buying around A$1248 worth of Chobani flip yoghurts each year for their two daughters as an after-school snack. Not only do they contain around four teaspoons of sugar per serve, they are costing around A$3 per item. But by buying a larger tub, and a few additives like frozen blueberries and muesli — the family could save themselves A$780 each year — and cut the sugar intake by half.
- SWAP BIG BRANDS FOR GENERICS
Australians eat over 180 million kilos of cereal each year, with the favourite being Weet-Bix. But by swapping to a generic brand the average family could save A60 cents per packet. The savings can even apply to beer. With some craft varieties costing around A$20 for a sixpack, swapping to a cheaper alternative could save an average consumer A$1500 a year. Another saving comes from the deli section at your local supermarket. By simply ordering your bacon from the butcher section instead of buying pre-packaged, you're looking at an average saving of A$60 a year.
- GO VEGETARIAN TWO NIGHTS A WEEK
On average, for a family consuming meat or poultry ever night a week, opting for vegetarian just one day could save around A$650 a year. Not only can it be good for your hip pocket, but going vegetarian just once or twice a week and leaving steak off the barbecue can do wonders for your health, a leading dietitian says. If you're unlikely to cut out meat, try opting for a cheaper cut of meat. They might need a longer cooking time but they are often even tastier than expensive joints, especially if marinated or seasoned.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.