I’m always looking for WAYS SO SAVE MONEY, Unfortunately the necessary act of eating can be expensive! Whether you are buying groceries at the grocery store or eating out, the bills add up! So there are a couple of ways that I undertake to save some money in this area!
1. Shop the sales.
Depending on the stores you have available in your area and the sales they offer, this will differ a little bit. But the principle is the same! Each week, buy whatever is on sale at your grocery store and stock up. Whether it’s a BOGO or a good deal on a food item, buy enough for you and your family for the present AND enough for the future. That item may not be on sale again for another month. You wouldn’t want to be compromised into buying that item for full price when it’s not on sale!
While you’re shopping these sales, you can easily get even more money off by using coupons! Which brings me to my next point…
2. Clip coupons.
There are those that will say they have no time for this. And while it is time consuming, I’ll just bet that you do have some free time you could use to complete this task. Watching tv with the family is a great time to coupon! The point is: IT’S WELL WORTH THE EFFORT!
Using coupons in conjunction with sale items (BOGO or regular sales) will save you alot more money! So while you’re flipping through the grocery store sale add, check your coupons to see if they match up!
There are numerous websites that make couponing so easy! I live in central FL and use THIS SITE to look over the sale items in different stores and match up coupons to those sales. Because there are only a handful of items that are on sale each week that I’m interested in buying, I’ll only be looking for a handful of coupons. So it’s not as if you’re spending hours and hours couponing!
3. Prepare meals based on sales.
So you may be thinking: how do I buy only sale items each week and have enough food to prepare for meals? I prepare my meals based on sales!
While most people decide what meals they want to have that week and go shopping for those items, I do the opposite! I learn what’s on sale that week and what I can make from those sale items. By doing this, I’m not paying full price for anything! And my goal is to save money!
Remember that if you’re shopping the sales each week and stocking up on those items, then you will have food items in your pantry all the time. Not only will you have the sale items you bought this week, but you’ll also have the sale items you bought last week and the week before last, etc. From all of that food, you’ll have plenty for dinner!
4. Shop at discount stores.
There are items that I buy each week that are not always on sale: bread, milk, eggs. For these items I choose to shop at grocery stores like Aldi. At Aldi I can purchase these items at a considerably lower price than Publix or Target. They are discount stores! While they may not have the cleanliness or customer service that Publix does, the savings are worth it to me.
5. Make your own food items.
This suggestion is probably the most difficult one. But for me, it’s the most rewarding! While it does take time to research reliable and healthy recipes, the savings and sense of accomplishment are worth the trouble!
You can save up to half or more of the cost by making your own food items. Here is list of what I make myself and the cost difference:
- Salsa = 1/4 of the price
- Strawberries = 1/5 of the price
- Breadcrumbs = pennies
- Cream of ____ soup = 1/3 of the price
What are your tips for eating on a budget?