You CAN save money on groceries though meal planning: all you have to do is follow these easy tips! You’ve been there, haven’t you? Feeling your jaw hitting the floor when the grocery clerk gives you the total? I totally understand why more *ahem* experienced shoppers comment on how expensive groceries have become; I have witnessed many grocery items triple in price in my own (relatively short) grocery shopping career!
For instance, when I first started shopping, strawberries went on sale for 99 cents fairly often, but now I’m lucky to get them for $2.50! I could ramble on all day about this, but instead, I’m here to let you in on some of the tricks I use to feed my family healthy meals while making the most of the food I buy!
Before I wrote this post, I wanted to be sure that my idea of a frugal meal was in line with the national average. Well, according to the USDA guidelines, a frugal monthly food budget for a family of four is between $558.90 and $641.00, depending on the age of the children. You can check out the statistics and find out how your own budget measures up here!
Are you picking your jaw up off the floor again? Although this seems like a large amount of money, this actually made me feel a little better, since our food budget is right in line with this (and, for us, that also includes diapers, toilet paper, etc., and I’m pretty sure they’re not counting any of that)! That said, I’ll take any help I can get when it comes to finding new ways to save money on groceries!
A Few Tips to Save Money on Groceries
This may seem a little silly, but I always eat before heading to the grocery store! It really helps to curb those “impulse buys!” I also stock up when I find something like ground beef on a great deal; I just pop it in the freezer to use as I need it! This might seem obvious, but I also watch the ads. I’m not totally sure how much money I actually save by doing this, but I know for certain that it broadens the number of items available for our menus, and affords us nice treats like grilled salmon now and then! Variety is the spice of life, after all, and I do strive to feed my family diverse, healthy meals! 🙂
Putting It Into Practice
A little planning goes a long way when it comes to grocery shopping; I am a huge advocate for meal planning, because you can make the most of what you purchase! The main way to do this is to plan multiple meals that use some of the same ingredients. This way, you can cut down on the number of items you have to buy and reduce food waste! To get you started, I created this “5 Dinners For About Forty Dollars Meal Plan!” Not only does it utilize many of the tips I’ve shared, it will save you time as well as money because it comes complete with recipes and a shopping list! What are you waiting for? 🙂
Do you have a super-useful grocery-saving technique to share? Tell me all about it in the comments below!
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