15 Nov How to Spend Less on Groceries
Groceries are an essential monthly cost, but it’s also an area with a lot of wiggle room. Sure, you need to buy food, but do you need as much as you usually get? There are a million ways to cut back on your grocery bill, and still eat well. So, if you’re looking for a place in your budget with a little bit of wiggle room, look no further! Pick a few of these tips, put them into action, and watch your monthly grocery costs fall, leaving you more cash to save or spend on things that you really want.
Ten Ways to Slash Your Grocery Costs
- Only pay in cash. Withdraw a certain amount from the bank beforehand. This ensures that if your total doesn’t fit within the budget, you’ll get rid of the non-essentials at checkout.
- Allow yourself one or two treats you really want. Cutting off any food that you’re excited about can make you feel deprived and send you into a spending spree in order to overcompensate later. Budget for a few treats.
- Make a grocery list and stick to it. Effective planning will stop extra trips to the grocery store. Those extra trips stack up quickly, because who JUST buys an onion? You’ll end up grabbing a bunch of other things just to even out your bag. However, if you stick to a routine and only shop once a week, you’re saving on groceries, gas, and time!
- Eliminate pre-made meals. Frozen dinners and packaged food is more expensive than raw materials and usually less healthy. Make your own frozen dinners at home, by bagging a bunch of portions at once and sticking them in the freezer. There are a million tips and videos for this online, go explore!
- Use cheap staples. A huge bag of rice, some extra pasta, bananas, and potatoes are all surprisingly cheap, and they’ll keep you perfectly full. Incorporate these foods into your diet more often and watch the savings stack up!
- Cut back on meat. You can get your protein needs from beans and veggies. Lentils, oatmeal, spinach, and black beans are all great natural protein sources, and they cost way less than meat.
- Buy frozen produce. If you’re cooking it in soup or a casserole, no one will know the difference. Frozen is usually a fraction of the price of fresh produce, it has a much longer shelf life, and it’s usually even more nutritious because it’s frozen at peak season.
- Coupon, but don’t be fooled. Half price on something you weren’t going to buy in the first place isn’t a deal. And remember, you can actually save more from store sales than you do from coupons, so use those fliers that they put in your mail every few days to plan your meals.
- Look at the unit price. It can be hard to spot the best deal when there are so many different sizes available. But the grocery store has already done the math for you! Check the “per unit” price, which will be found in a little square on the price tag. This will help you quickly compare different brands and package sizes.
- Never throw food away! Fruits can be chopped and frozen for smoothies, and veggies can be prepped for a soup. There are a million ways to put that food to use.