You have seen the videos of families saving hundreds of dollars by using coupons, only to discover that you cannot replicate it. While coupons can be good for saving a few dollars, they can also be hit or miss. You are stuck purchasing a specific product that you may not need that week, and you may have to buy more than you need to get the savings. Fortunately, there are other ways to reduce your grocery bill.
1. Redefine your most expensive meal of the day.
You have a busy week, so why bother making huge meals every evening. Instead of turning to fast food, delivery, or boxed meals, create simple from scratch meals that you can make during the week and save the big meals for the weekend. Sandwiches, omelets, and soups that can cook in the crock-pot all day are easy alternatives that do not cost a lot of money.
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2. Make a List
Making a list and sticking to it is the best way to reduce your weekly budget. Go through your freezer, refrigerator, and cabinet. Take note of the foods you need and put them on your list. Be sure to include any snacks that you feel you should have in the house. When you shop, stick to the list and do not deviate. You will find that you have fewer impulse purchases, which will save you big money at the checkout.
3. Plan your meals.
Meal planning as you make your grocery list is crucial to saving money and reducing food waste in your home. Decide what meals you will make for the week, see what is missing from your kitchen, and put the missing items on your list. You will know exactly what you need and may even find ways to use the foods in your pantry that you have not touched for months.
4. Avoid impulse shopping.
You have your list. You have your meal plans. It is important now to stick to them and not pick up everything you see along the shelves. Decide between you and your partner who has the most self-control and make shopping that person’s job. Leave the kids at home if you can to avoid the unwanted “mommy, can I have that” discussions and if you do have to take the kids, be firm. You can include on your list a reward item. If your child makes it through the store without begging for things on the shelf, reward him or her at home with the prize. If your child fails, save the prize item for the next week.
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5. Cook from scratch and avoid processed foods (especially junk food).
You do not have to buy fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy cooking from scratch. Canned and frozen foods work just as well. They key is to avoid already prepared quick-fix meals. Canned and frozen foods should be simple items – vegetables primarily – to cook up for a meal. If you plan sandwiches for dinner, purchase value packs of individual meats. These will serve for dinners and lunches, so they multi-task. Pass over the cookie and chip aisles. You do not need the food there. If you want cake or cookies at home, cook them from scratch over the weekend. It is a great activity to do with the kids and will save you on your grocery bill.
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