Dining & Groceries

With the cost of goods continually increasing, how can you stretch your dollar & reduce dining/groceries expenses?

(Last updated: Aug 6, 2016)


  • Set budget in each separate category (e.g. dining out, groceries)
  • Create shopping list; avoid impulse purchases
  • Reduce junk food/unhealthy foods
  • Look for value (not cheap!) alternatives
  • Use a calculator (re: phone) to calculate the price per unit
  • Mix dining at different price level places
  • Couples can share drinks/bring own water out
  • If cooking, difficult & expensive to cook for 1 or 2 – organise a pot bless few friends
  • Consider using a credit card (1-5%+ cash back / points)
  • Comsider getting the store’s loyalty card (points & deals)
  • Bread/oatmeal for breakfast (healthier too!)
  • Coupon sites try out new eating places; discount/privilege cards for fav frequents
  • For coffee, buy a coffee machine (or a simple filter) & get beans as it is much cheaper per cup (and healthier to boot!)
  • Opt for water when dining out
  • For wine, look for quality which gives high quality at good value (e.g. Australian Yellow Tail)
  • Get dessert outside the restaurant (cheaper & tastes better!)

What suggestions do you have for dining & groceries shopping?

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