Save Money On Groceries-How To Save On Grocery bills
Cutting costs by savings on groceries
Here are couple of proven ways to save on your grocery bill.You don't have to sacrifice quality of food and start buying more processed, unhealthy foods for you and your family just because they are cheaper.
Many of us cut grocery store coupons or buy the store weekly special "buy this and get these for free".
There is nothing wrong with using grocery store coupons on foods that you actually need and will eat.
It is often the case coupons are for more expensive brand name supplies, processed or unhealthy frozen food, canned vegetables and soups. I have never seen coupons on grapes or apples, have you?
Grocery stores started offering weekly or daily specials of buy one item and get 3-4 more free. If you can include the "free items" in your dinner or meal in the next couple of days, then this is a deal you should not pass. Here, again, it's often that the free items offered are soda, cheap bread, cans or jello. Do you really need these?
Shop Like the Europeans
Europeans shop more often. They buy and cook their food fresh.
Most of us in the US go to the store once a week. We shop for the whole week, we buy by the pound, we try to plan and yet by Friday we don't know what's for dinner.
Start going to the supermarket twice a week instead and plan your meals for the following 3-4 days only. That way you avoid buying items you think you will cook but you don't get to and they stay in your pantry or freezer. Think about these uneaten foods as cash that could have stayed in your bank account.
Go to the store with carefully planned list for your breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the next couple of days. Stick to your list and DON'T buy anything else just because it comes with something free or on sale. For example if you are going to eat fish and a side dish for dinner for two, you need:
- 2 fish fillets of your choice
- 2 potatoes (or use rice from your pantry)
- 1 broccoli floret or one whole lettuce
If you and your family will eat sandwiches for lunch the next day, you need to buy the exact number of slices of your favorite lunch meat and cheese from the Deli Section. Don't buy by the pound. How many times have you thrown away spoiled lunch meat?
So for lunch for two people the next day you need:
- 1 loaf of healthy bread (to be used for sandwiches this week)
- 5-6 pieces of ham or turkey, 2 pieces of cheese, lettuce leaves saved from the previous night's dinner, 2 apples and/or 2 yogurts for dessert
Planing how many slices you need per sandwich, how many pieces of countable fruits (like apples or pears), number of yogurts goes a long way of decreasing your overall grocery bill.
Stick to this plan, you will eat healthier and save money.
Here is a weekday, budget friendly, easy, healthy chicken recipe
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