When my husband and I made the decision to build our next home we knew that we needed to start getting our debt paid off so we would be able to do so. One area I knew we needed to start saving in was our grocery bill. We are a family of five and right now I am spending about $150 a month of groceries.
Some of the ways we are saving are:
1. Meal planning:
I sit down and make a menu for two weeks at a time. Not only does it save me time when it comes to deciding what I want to make for dinner that evening but it also saves me money because I know what I need to buy for the meals I am making that week.
2. Bring a calculator and cash to the store with you:
Bringing a calculator will help you keep track of what you have spent. Figuring out taxes and extra savings will be a lot easier and more accurate with this tool. Also, if you only take the allotted amount of cash with you then you will not be able to spend more then you had planned. This is a great way to keep yourself from spending money that you really don’t have!
3. Clip coupons:
I live in an area where they hardly ever do double coupon days so I am not saving tons of money but every little bit helps. Between coupons and price matching I save around $15 every trip.
4. Stay away from boxed meals:
Not only does cooking from scratch taste better but generally speaking it saves you money.
5. Stop wasting food:
Freeze the portions you do not use and save them for when you need a quick and easy meal.
6. Buy extras when there is a sale:
If an item is on sale that is shelf stable or you can freeze buy extras. Recently we had a major sale on strawberries. I bought two extra packages, sliced them in half and froze them for later use.
7. Grow a garden if you can:
If you have the room, grow a garden. Even if you have to do container gardening it really is worth it. Not only will the vegetables and fruits be fresh but you can save tons of money doing this. We grow a very large garden every year with my parents. We freeze and can so our vegetables will last through out the year.
8. If you can not grow a garden try going to a local farmers market. You can always buy the veggies there and take them home to freeze or can for later use.