It’s no secret that most people spend a lot of money on groceries. We eat every day and we eat a few times a day. Therefore, our fridge and pantry need to be well stocked. In order to save money, you need to be able to manage your grocery budget efficiently. Doing this right might save you a few thousand dollars a year. So here are 5 tips to help you save on groceries.
Make a grocery budget
Make a reasonable grocery budget and do your best to stick to it. You don’t need to starve yourself in order to be able to save on groceries. All you need is a little bit of planning in advance and focus.
Avoid eating out too often
As I mentioned a few times already, avoid eating out too often. This is the grocery budget killer. You can usually make a few meals for the price of one meal bought at a restaurant. So try to prepare your foods as often as possible. If you don’t know how to cook, learn. There is no excuse: you can literally find millions of recipes for free on the internet.
Meal planning doesn’t mean you need to eat the same food every day. Meal planning is the process of deciding which meals you want to eat for the upcoming week, for example. You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen on your days off preparing lots of food in order to save.
A simple way of doing this is to write down the meals you’d like to have for the upcoming week. It’s easier if you just plan for one week in advance and buy groceries based on meals you will be having.
Check your pantry and fridge
Avoid buying too much food. This means that you sometimes buy things at the grocery store that you already have in your pantry or in your fridge. So before you go grocery shopping, check your pantry and your fridge to get an idea of the items you have and what you are missing for the upcoming week. This way you avoid buying things you already have in store and therefore reduce your grocery bill.
Shop based on the stores’ weekly sales
Remember the meal plan process? Do this process based on what’s in sale. Check your local store’s sales in advance for the marked down items and try to find out the meals you can prepare out of them. You will save a lot if you can find great deals every week when you are making your grocery shopping.
Be careful not to go overboard with the sales. Just because the sale price is interesting, doesn’t mean you need to stock up. Some people will tell you to stock up on foods when they are on sale but I don’t believe in that. There will always be sales and stocking will just add to your monthly grocery bill.
You will start noticing the difference in your wallet if you start implementing one of these tips every month. You will see even more changes if you do them all together.