Today we are excited to share tips on how to stretch your grocery budget from Jessica at Domesticated Wild Child. Jessica is a wife, mother of boys, working woman and a blogger who loves to share her random thoughts about cooking, motherhood, and everything in between. Be sure to visit Jessica’s blog and let her know we sent you!
How to Stretch Your Grocery Budget
Money management is one of the most important factors in running a household and the grocery budget can cut into your money very easily. I’ve had more than one occasion that I get to the checkout line and I can’t believe how much I’m spending on food. There are ways to cut your grocery budget down so you can save money for other areas.
Plan Your Meals
Sit down and make a list of all the meals you want to make throughout the week. Even if it’s hard to think that far ahead, it stops you from overbuying or having to get take out because you ran out of food. The amount you spend on one meal out equals two or three meals that you could make at home.
Make a List and Stick to It
Only buy what you need for your meals and your usual staples; milk, juice, bread, cold cuts, etc. It’s when you start putting impulse buys into your cart that you start running up the bill. You can cut a ton of cost by only buying what you need.
Decide What You Don’t Need
If you really need to cut corners, you need to start cutting back on anything that isn’t a necessity. Ice cream, fancy cheese, whatever it is that is a luxury for you will have to stay on the shelf until you get the money to get it again.
Change Your Grocery Stores
I have two grocery stores. One that is right by my house where I go when I’m just picking up a few things or something that I forgot and another a little farther away that constantly has great sales that I do my big grocery trips at. The second store has fantastic “Buy One Get One” sales that differ every week from meat to veggies. When I’m planning on going on a big grocery trip, I grab the circular and plan the weekly meals on what the sale of the week is. I once got $65 worth of meat for $30. I stuffed my freezer and didn’t have to buy any meat for weeks.
On the topic of meat, it is one of the most expensive grocery items so to really cut costs you should consider going vegetarian for some meals. Cutting the amount of meat that you buy will make a big difference in your bill.
It’s OK to Buy in Bulk
If your store is doing a “Buy One Get One” or “Get 5 for $10” sales, take advantage. You will save money overall than just buying what you normally use week to week. But only if it’s something you really use. Don’t buy five bottles of Ginger Ale if you rarely drink soda. It will just sit in your house taking up space.
If you follow these tips, you should see a huge difference in your monthly grocery budget. Saving money is always a good thing!
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