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Tips To Spending Less On Food Items This Christmas

As of today, it’s 39 days left until Christmas.
This huge celebration which includes feasting on ‘Christmas rice’ (or any other food of your choice) tends to drill a dent in the pockets of many. Because it’s the festive season and we all love to splurge.

For those who are cash strapped, here are a few tips on how to spend less on food this festive season.

1) Buy local
Cut back on buying food items from supermarkets and visit the market. If you are great at bargaining then this is for you. Better deals means you’re spending less!

2) Plan What You Are Going To Eat For Christmas In Advance
Prepare a budget and have an idea of what you are going to buy before. Before making unnecessary purchases, check your pantry. There are bound to be some leftover spices or food items.

3) Buy In bulk:
After planning what you’d eat, the next step is to buy in bulk. It is advisable to buy your food items in bulk either one or two months before December. During the festive period, food prices skyrocket.

4) Go Shopping With Only Cash:
If possible, go shopping for your food items with only cash! That way, you prevent yourself from impulse buying and you know that every kobo is accounted for. With cashless payments and tokens, money goes faster: swipe, swipe, swipe!

5) Avoid Restaurants / Fast Foods:
Restaurants are a nice treat but can also set you back a great deal. N5,000 or above goes so quickly but could go further if used to cook ‘Christmas rice’ and the leftovers can be frozen for another day.

6) Compare Prices Before Paying:
Different brands have different prices for the same product. Before buying a more expensive brand ensure that you are getting your money’s worth. There is really no point in patronizing an expensive brand if it has the same taste as a lower priced brand and adds no distinguishing change to a recipe.

We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments if the tips helped you save costs during the festivities.

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