Wondering how you can beat the high price of groceries? Consider these ten simple steps you can take to save money on food costs.
One of our most fluid expenses each month is what we spend on food. I mean, food can defined as lobster or lettuce. There’s a lot of wiggle room when it comes to spending your grocery dollar.
Here are ten simple ways that you can save money on groceries.
1. Shop the sales.
Don’t buy what you want. Buy what’s on sale! I used to spend a pretty penny when I let my tummy be my guide. Now, I scan the grocery sales ads and plan meals around what’s cheap that week.
2. Check the clearance rack.
It will surprise you what the store wants to unload. Often it’s NOT going bad anytime soon. Instead it’s got holiday packaging or they just have too much. Grab some deals on the clearance rack.
3. Don’t shop on an empty stomach.
You’ll buy more than you need if you go shopping when you’re hungry. If you can’t avoid going at that time, spend five minutes to buy and snack on a Larabar or some other quick and easy bite. That dollar you spend at the beginning of your shopping trip will save you even more by the end of your trip as you shop according to your list and not your appetite.
4. Take stock.
Know what you already have before you go so that you don’t buy more than you need. If you’ve got a full cupboard already, do a pantry challenge to use up what you have before it goes bad.
5. Plan your meals.
Have a meal plan with an exact list of needed items. If you already know what you’re going to make this week, you can limit your shopping only to the things that you need.
6. Check your list again.
If you forget something, you’ll be tempted to go back to the store, and likely buy more than you need while you’re at it. Be sure to scan your list before you check out so you make sure you leave with all the things you need.
That said, give the cart another scan. Do you really need that XY or Z? You can put things back and save some money. Don’t buy more than you truly need.
7. Make do.
About to make a recipe and find out you are missing one ingredient? You could go to the store but then you spend more time and money, and you risk buying other things while you’re there.
Chances are you can find a substitution for a needed ingredient with what you already have.
8. Go without.
Sometimes, we need to forgo our desires for the greater good. It’s okay. You’ll live.
9. Focus on cheap eats.
Filet mignon is special occasion food. Make peace with economical meals — they’re just as tasty! Food doesn’t have to be expensive to taste great. With a little creativity, you can make Beans and Rice rock it.
10. Make it yourself.
You can save a bundle if you make things yourself. You can make homemade convenience foods for a lot less than you would pay at the store.
Have you got an easy trick to saving money on groceries?
Do tell! See you in the comments.