Recently I was going over my monthly budget plant and was shocked at how much money we spend a month on groceries and food in general. In a way, I am glad that we went over our grocery bill because now I am more aware and it taught me how important it is to stick to a budget.
Here are some ways to save money on groceries and cut your grocery bill.
1. Meal Prep.
Figure out what recipes and meals you would like to cook for the week, and try to incorporate the same ingredients in other meals so you eliminate food waste. Planning your own meals is so time-consuming and can be a little stressful, that is why I love $5MEALPLAN.
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2. Use Coupons.
Plan your meals around your grocery coupons. Take advantage of your local grocery weekly ad and combine the sales with manufacturing grocery coupons for double the saving. You can obtain coupons online from sites like https://www.coupons.com/ or local newspaper. I would also suggest going online to big companies like Pillsbury and Kroger and sign up for coupons to receive in your email.
3. Make A List.
Stick to your list when you grocery shopping and do not buy anything extra. Having a list will keep you on track not only with your meal planning but with your budget.
4. Buy in Season Produce.
Try to buy produce that is in Season, not only is it cheaper but also fresher
6. Buy items in bulk.
I would suggest getting a membership at Costco and buy groceries in bulk, you can freeze meat and other produce for later.
7. Shop Your Pantry.
Make meals out of your own pantry, I discovered an awesome website http://www.myfridgefood.com/. You can find recipes depending on what groceries you have at home. You would simply input what type of food and ingredients you have in your fridge and pantry, and the website will provide you with different types of recipes available. Not only will it prevent you from going out but also it will help you eliminate food waste.
8. Do not Eat Out.
This one is really hard because it’s really easy to give in especially with the convenience of fast food. But going out can be very expensive and even if you are ordering from the value menu, it adds up. But if you do give in, do not throw away receipts, there is usually a survey on the receipt and after you complete the survey they will reward you with a free item from the menu. Also, one tip is to sign up for the rewards program, for example, Starbucks has a reward program and you get a free Drink on your birthday.
9. Make a Garden.
Grow your own food, if you are able to and have space there is nothing better than growing your own Produce. Growing up we always had a garden, my parents would grow their own fruits and vegetable. I just love going out to my own garden and pick fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, not only is it much cheaper but so much healthier.
10. Shop at your local Grocery Outlet Store.
Many people do not realize that Grocery Outlet has some of the cheapest prices when it comes to grocery shopping. I would highly suggest shopping at your local grocery outlet store for the best prices in town.
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With simple budget planning and few adjustments, you can save hundreds on your grocery bill.