Easy Ways To Save Money On The Food You Eat
Eat Better - Save More!
Saving on food takes a bit of planning and a bit of time. Here are some easy ways to get started.
1. Begin with breakfast. Always make your own. It can be a muffin, a breakfast shake (make it a healthy one - there are lots of excellent pre-mixed ones available), or a bowl of instant oatmeal. All these things can be eaten while you get ready for work. Prepare it the night before. Fill the coffee maker the night before and preset it, or turn it on the minute you arise. Now you are off to a healthy start and probably saved a couple of dollars by avoiding over-priced coffees and overly-sweet breakfast treats.
You can take your shake and your coffee to work in thermoses if you prefer to do so.
2. Bring your own lunch to work. Plan for it in your weekly shopping trip so that you have a variety of healthy options available. Make it the night before. What takes minutes the night before seems to take hours, if done in a rush in the morning.
3. Cut out the soft drinks. They are unhealthy and expensive. Drink water instead. It may seem bland at first, but you will soon get used to it and crave it as you once did the sugary drinks.
Make sure to have your own water bottle. It is cheaper and saves the environment from the millions of plastic bottles polluting the landscape. You can also fill your bottle with juice from home, if you so choose.
4. Plan to only shop for food once each week. Make a food budget and stick to it. Shopping wisely takes time. Set some aside for this task.
Take time to check your supplies. Make out a meal plan, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Have a list of things that you do not need, right now, but will soon. Buy these now IOS (if on sale).
Make a list and be ready to choose alternatives. This means you will buy an alternative if it is on sale. You planned for a chicken but the ground beef is on sale. Buy the beef.
Calculate your costs as you shop to stick within your budget.
Walk quickly away from temptation and turn a deaf ears to pleas from your children for extra treats or snacks.
Always eat before your shop.
5. Eating out can make serious inroads into your budget. Avoid alcohol when eating out. It is expensive and also makes you an unsafe driver. Avoid restaurant desserts and coffee. These are generally over priced. Make a special dessert before hand. Come home to enjoy it with a cup of your own coffee and a drink or two to round out the evening.
Never plan to eat out unless you know what it will cost. Phone ahead and get a list of prices. Make use of all coupons and special offers. These can make eating out a reasonably priced pleasure.
When treating someone to a meal, make it lunch instead of dinner, and you will save considerably.
Consider a vegetarian restaurant or meal. They are less expensive and the food is delicious.
6. Consider vegetarian meals at home. The food is healthy, and contains much less fat.
Beans are a good alternative to meat, highly nutritious and much less expensive.
Buy in bulk, possibly sharing the cost with a friend or neighbor.
Always compare prices as well as nutritional value.
Avoid impulse buying.
If you are short of cash, be creative, and make do with what you have on hand.
Do enjoy treats now and then, but try to make your own. You will be healthier for it, and your pocket book will be fuller.