5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
A combination of all 5 steps can assist you in cutting your grocery bill in half. It’s important to stay consistent and to try new things!
One of the oldest tricks in the books, good ol’ fashion couponing. Venturing the Extreme Couponing world is a big stretch, although, you don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save money. You can be, what I like to call an essential couponer. Unlike extreme couponers, essential couponers focus on what they NEED versus buying 50 toothbrushes that’ll sit in the garage and collect dust. Create a list of essentials that include items such as toilet paper and toothpaste. Once that list is created I search for coupons for ONLY those items. You’re already saving a ton by buying the groceries you NEED!
2. No More Processed and Frozen Foods
Did you know that making meals from scratch saves you more money than buying processed and frozen foods? Instead of eating frozen and “add-milk” boxed dinners try using fresh ingredients to make your meals. It not only saves money but it’s healthier. You have the option to make a variety of dishes by using the same ingredients instead of sticking to a frozen dinner.
For instance, a 1 lb. of large tomatoes at Albertson’s cost $2.49, which is 4 medium sized tomatoes. Tomatoes can be used for salads, tacos, chili and even a tomato bisque.
3. Farmers Market
Speaking of fresh ingredients, Farmers Market is a popular spot to buy long lasting, fresh ingredients. Not all Farmers Markets do this but try buying produce in the last hour, shhhh! to get rid of their produce farmers will sell produce for 50% off. I can’t guarantee that all farmers do this but it’s worth a try!
4. Shop Your Pantry
We’re all guilty of this! Have you made a grocery list but realized at the grocery store that you forgot to check your pantry? Can’t remember if you have anymore BBQ sauce or any milk left? Start making it a habit to consistently go through your pantry. It’s better to make sure you don’t buy something you already have.
5. Store Food Properly
You would be surprised how much food a family throws out because it’s spoiled. An even bigger surprise is that this can be prevented with the knowledge of how to properly store your food. Take a look at “How to Store Food Properly” tips for your fresh produce, leftovers and meats.