In this day and age everyone is trying their hardest to cut their spending. One of the largest costs in running a household is groceries and that will not likely change for anyone. Over the years I have really watched my grocery bill. I bought a notebook and made a list of ways I thought I could lower the amount of money I spend on food. Over the next 3 months I tracked everything as I tried each idea and now have a list of the top 10 ways I save lots of money every month now. I know many of you are in the same situation so I am going to share with you my best tips on shaving that grocery bill down.
Shop Once a Week
The worst thing you can do that will increase your spending is to make several trips to the grocery store every week. Think you are going to run in and get that bag of milk or loaf of bread without being tempted to buy anything else? Grocery stores try to prevent people from buying only one thing with the floor plan. Take a look at your local store and notice where the bread and milk are located. Most stores have these products for sale at the back of the store so that you will have to walk by everything else in the store to get to them. This is how they try us in to buying more than we came for. Going shopping only once a week cuts spontaneous spending a lot.
Do not Pay Full Price for Meat
If you have a freezer there is no reason you should ever pay full price for your meat products. The meat where I shop very often goes on sale for less than half price. If you watch the sales you will notice most of them run on a cycle. If the pork chops are on sale this week, chances are they will be again within 6 to 8 weeks. Buy enough to get you through to the next sale.
Make a List and Stick to It
Going to the grocery store without a list is the perfect way to overspend. In the past I have grabbed things thinking I was running low only to find a full supply of it at home. Write things on your list as you run out of them. Always bring your list and a pen with you so you can cross things off the list. If you forget something on the list by not crossing it off, you just increased the number of trips you have to make.
Planning your meals on a weekly basis helps to ensure you only buy what you need. Planning ahead can also save you time in the kitchen. If a recipe I am using calls for 1 pound of hamburger I always cook 2 pounds. I drain the hamburger, let it cool and put it in a freezer bag to freeze it. When I need hamburger for a recipe on a different day I already have some cooked.
Cook Your Own Meals
Eating out may seem like it is saving you time and effort but it is costing you a lot of money. A family of four going to a fast food restaurant 2 times a week will likely add up to about $ 200 a month. That means that $ 200 was spent on only 8 suppers. Going to the grocery store and spending that same amount on food could be enough to make 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 suppers.
Saving money on food is easy once you put the effort in. Track the amount of money you spend on groceries for 2 months. Apply these 5 saving tips, that I know work, and see your spending reduced by a lot. After you track for 2 months you will likely also see areas you can save in as well. Buying a take out coffee just 2 times a day adds up to about $ 90 a month. Making your own coffee to take with you will cost you about $ 10 a month. Get creative and start saving.