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Go easy on your wallet with shopping tips

Cut a grocery bill in half by treating the food like money.
Cut a grocery bill in half by treating the food like money. Noel Hendrickson

GROCERY bills are our biggest expense, and as much as we love to save our money - we do have to eat and live.

Shoppers are getting more savvy about what we are buying, and how we are buying it. We no longer just go into a shop and pay whatever they are asking.

This is a good thing for us, the consumers.

I'm showing you how to cut your grocery bill in half by going through a few items you buy during your weekly grocery shop, and treating it like money.

BISCUITS: Buy the cheap biscuits - the generic supermarket brands are often as good as the known brands. Also look for the specials. I personally love the ones at Aldi - they have a great range of biscuits and they are cheap cheap cheap. Bake biscuits in bulk and keep the dough in the freezer so you always have fresh biscuits on hand.

BREAD: Grab out your breadmaker. The pre-made bread mixes work out to be about $1.30 per loaf, are fresh and delicious and you can make them only when needed.

Buy large bread mixes direct from your local bakery supplier and most supermarkets. When sealed well, your normal loaf of bread could be as cheap as 30c. This is particularly good if you need to eat gluten-free bread, as it is notoriously expensive to buy at the shop.

BUTTER: Use less of it. Often kids won't even notice if you don't put it on their lunches. I hate to say this but - use margarine in cooking. Margarine is cheap and a good butter substitute for when money is tight. In winter, keep your butter on the counter in a container - that way it is easier to spread and you use less. Don't buy the expensive butter, the cheap stuff is just as good in cooking. Whip your butter in the food processor for a few minutes. It will double in size, and save you money.

CEREAL: Generic rice bubbles taste no different to the real thing. Go to Costco if you have one close to you, and buy the bulk packs of cereal.

Only give your children a small amount of cereal at a time in the mornings. If they are still hungry they can have more. This stops waste.

CHAMPAGNE: The good old champers is lovely, but if you are on a budget here is a way to fake it that I discovered on YouTube. Grab some white wine and run it through your Soda Stream - instant fake champagne.

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stayathomemum.com.au

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