Tips For Saving Money On Groceries – Helping You Save On More Than Just Your Insurance
We already work hard to help you save money on your personal insurance (while getting the very best coverage). But groceries are also one of the biggest items in most family budgets. They’re a necessity but can be hard to plan for. And without careful management, your grocery budget can quickly get out of control.
Here are a few simple ways to plan ahead and save money!
Menu Plan – Menu planning is the easiest and most effective way to cut your grocery budget. When you plan your meals in advance, then you know exactly what items you need and can easily stick to a list and a budget. I’ve recently starting planning my menu prior to going to the grocery store on Sunday. Piece of advice…find a cookbook that has pictures (gives you an idea as to whether or not you would even like the dish), easy to make meals, and plenty of ideas. It’ll made pre-planning the menu easier to stick with. I’d recommend the KitchenAid Recipe Collection. It’s a little pricey compared to some of the other cookbooks I own, but well worth it! I’ve planned out several weeks of meals with just this one book and everything has turned out great!
If you plan on shopping weekly, go ahead and make a list of your family’s favorite dinner meals. Then plan lunches, breakfasts, and snacks. Shop through your refrigerator and pantry first to see what you already have on hand. Then make a list and stick to it!
Make A Standard List – We all have certain items that we purchase every single time we go to the store. Milk, bread, and orange juice might be a staple in your home. Make a basic list that you start from every week. That way you know what needs to be replaced without wasting a lot of time starting from scratch.
Check For Sales – Most grocery stores put out their sales flyer each Wednesday. The majority are also listed on the store’s website! Pull this up while making your menus and plan around what is on sale. Great price on chicken? Put that on your meal plan! You’ll save money and create variety in your meals.
Purchase In-Season Produce – Produce can be expensive but is important in creating healthy meals. Lower your cost by only purchasing produce that is in season. Search online for lists of seasonal produce to help you plan.
Use Coupons – Many grocery stores will offer great coupons in their weekly circular or via their frequent shopper programs. Make sure you sign up for those free cards that are scanned at checkout since they can save you tons of money!
Check out the coupons in the Sunday paper as well. Don’t just buy items because you have a coupon though! Make sure it is something you will actually use first or you won’t save much.
Skip Pre-Cut Items – Prepared and Pre-Cut foods can cost twice as much as those your prepare yourself. For example, wash and cut your own carrots rather than buying a bag of baby carrots. You’ll save money and still get great food.
Shop As Little As Possible – The more you go in the store, the more you will spend. Skip the temptation by limiting your grocery shopping as much as possible.
The key to saving on groceries is to be prepared! Check sales and coupons, plan menus, and don’t go in the store without a list. These are just some ways you can trim your budget in 2013!
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