Whether you’re looking for a way to help make ends meet or you’d like a little extra cash for Christmas shopping, your grocery budget is a great place to start! I have three ways you can reduce your weekly grocery budget – today.
#1: Budget your groceries, not just your cash!
Budgeting groceries means that you purchase enough food that, combined with what you have on hand, they should be sufficient to feed those in your home until the next planned shopping trip. This requires discipline and some creative problem solving to keep yourself from running back to the store for things you think you need during the week. Click here for three tips that will help you budget your groceries.
#2 Learn how to shop the grocery store sales cycle
You must shop in a traditional grocery store for this to work (not Walmart, Aldi, Costco or Sams Club), but this is the best way to save on name brand products, dairy and convenience foods. As an added bonus, it doesn’t require the use of a single coupon. Grocery store prices don’t remain the same from week to week! They rotate through a 4-6 week cycle, and you need to stock up when the item is at the lowest price in that cycle!
Example: My grocery store sells Kraft shredded cheese anywhere from $1.69 to $3.99 per package. I always buy 3-4 packages at $1.69 so that I have plenty for the week it’s $3.99!
#3 Make leftovers a recurring feature on your weekly menu
If you find that you periodically have leftovers that go to waste, schedule a leftover night on your weekly menu plan! This might mean that everyone eats a little something different that night, but it saves the cost of an additional meal for that week. I like to serve a leftover main dish with different vegetables so that it’s not exactly the same without allowing that dish to go to waste.
If you’ve mastered all of these strategies, here are a few more creative ways to save!
What is your best tip for saving money on groceries?