By Monica Resinger
When trying to cut expenses, food is a great place to start because there are so
many opportunities to save. One way to watch your savings pile up and be
able to use it for a goal, such as a vacation, down payment on a home or paying
off debt, is to put the cash you saved from any purchase into an envelope or a
jar until you get enough to make a bank savings deposit. Make a strict
rule to not use the money for anything else but your goal. Here are
thirteen easy ways to reduce your food budget that will help you achieve this:
1. If you don’t want to stop going out to eat, check your local newspaper,
the back of grocery receipts and junk mail flyers for restaurant coupons.
A lot of restaurants offer ‘buy 1 meal get 1 free’ on certain days of the week.
If you want to cut back even more, cut back on the number of times you go out in
a month or week.
2. Shop grocery outlets. Every major city has them. Ours is
called *The Canned Food Warehouse*. Not every item in the store is a deal;
you have to know normal food prices to compare, but when you do find a deal, it
is usually a great one. You will find enough of these deals to make your
trip worth it.
3. Be sure to comparison shop. Look at the sale tag on the item’s
shelf and see how much per pound, ounce or whatever the item is sold as.
Compare that to the other products to determine which is the best deal.
4. Always check the weekly grocery ads for the good sales. If there
is a really good deal on something, be sure to buy it in multiples. This
will save you from paying full price later.
5. Use coupons for food products. I have found the best way to use
them is combined with a sale. Most of the time, if you use a coupon
without combining it with a sale, you will still be paying more than other
brands, so be sure to watch for this.
6. Always use your leftovers. This saves a tremendous amount of
money and time by extending your shopping trips. If you need ideas for
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7. Grow as much produce as you can to eat fresh and/or preserve for later.
To save as much money as possible, start plants from seed. This can really add
up quick and you will know how your food was grown rather than wondering what
chemicals may have been applied to the plants of the produce you purchase.
If you purchase organic produce to relieve this worry, it can be quite
8. Stop buying junk food, sodas and prepared food. These are not
only expensive, but unhealthy, therefore a waste of your hard-earned dollars.
9. Always shop with a grocery list and stick to it so you don‘t buy
unnecessary or expensive items.
10. Never shop hungry! Have you ever gone grocery shopping hungry?
I have and I wanted to buy everything in sight because everything looked
delicious! I didn't buy everything in sight, but, I did increase our
grocery bill that day! Also, because I was hungry, I didn’t feel like
shopping or making decisions so this added to the problem.
11. About Kids. It is good training for kids, if they are old
enough, to comparison shop; I usually ask mine to go get the cheapest ketchup,
or whatever is nearby so I can still see them, so they get hands-on experience
(you'll need to supervise this in the beginning, then later you'll be able to
trust they are making the right decisions). Kids have a tendency to ask
for things in the store; the best way to handle this is to let them get
something within a set price limit and keep this limit each time you go
shopping. If your kids are younger, you may want to consider leaving them
at home with a friend or relative; younger kids can tire and get difficult in
the store spoiling your frugal efforts.
12. Shop at the store’s off-peak hours when you will be less rushed and
can make better decisions.
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