Food prices are high, that’s for sure. Here’s some good news: I have three things you can do today that will reduce your weekly grocery budget.
#1: Budget your groceries, not just your cash.
Budgeting groceries means that you purchase enough food that, combined with what you have on hand, it 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. It’s almost certain that you’ll spend less on one big grocery shopping trip than on 5 random trips.
#2 Learn how to shop the grocery store sales cycle.
Did you know that 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.
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.
Example: My grocery store sells shredded cheese anywhere from $2.50 to $4.99 per package. I always buy 3-4 packages at $2.50 so that I don’t have to buy any the week it’s $4.99.
#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.
What are your best tips for saving money on groceries? I want to hear them! Leave a comment and tell me how you’re lowering your grocery bill.
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