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Cut Your Food Bill

Updated on January 19, 2013

No one needs to spend an arm and a leg to feed their family. If you follow these easy steps you will be able to save money on your food bill each month.

Make a Menu

Mostly all stores have their circulars out in advance, so there is no excuse why you cannot make a menu from the items that are on sale at your local grocery stores. The key is to make your meals from the items that are on sale and the items that you already have in your pantry or cupboards. You will not only save money, but you will no longer have to wonder what you will be making for dinner today.

List

Using a list can cut down from those impulses to buy items that you do not need. Make a list and stick to it; just because you see that they have Twinkies does not mean you need to go buy a pack! Keep the Twinkies on the shelf and get what you went to the store for. You will find not only a list will keep you from buying items you can live without, but you will cut down on the time you are in the actual store.

Buy Store Brands

Store brands will taste the same as your other more expensive brands that you always buy. I dare you to take a look the next time you are in the store and see how much you can save by purchasing a store brand rather than the brand you normally pick. You can easily cut your bill into a third if you decide to do that and then you can put that money right in your savings or spend it on another item that you may need from the store.

Buy in bulk

Take advantage of items that are in bulk because they are usually cheaper than buying one or two of that item. For example, instead of buying the small little bag of pet food buy the big bag of pet food. Yes, it will cost you more at this moment in time, but it is cheaper per ounce than the little bag.

With that being said always and I repeat always look at how much you are paying per ounce. That is a little tip that my mother taught me when I first started buying food for myself. You will always get the better deal if you do that. Yes, it may be a bigger package than you were hoping for, but just remember you will have that item for more than one meal, which in any bodies book is better than having it for one meal.

Coupons

Coupons will either make or break you when you are shopping. You can easily get coupons out of your local paper and you can get coupons from the internet. The trick is to clip the coupons for items that you buy on a normal basis. Don’t buy an item just because you have a coupon, unless you have been meaning to try it for some time and it will fit in your budget, but do not go about doing that every time you shop. Also check if any of your stores have a double coupon day because that will help you save even more money.

Eat leftovers

If you throw away your leftovers you are throwing away your money. Why not save your leftovers to either have for lunch? If you have leftovers each night you can always make a leftover night and you will not have to cook and you will not be throwing away your perfectly good food. It is best to invest in reusable containers instead of always wrapping them up in aluminum foil; you will save money that way too.

Bring lunch to Work

You may not know this, but eating out can be quite expensive. Many people do not see this because they only spend $5 here and $5 there. In order to save any money it is best to bring lunch to work. You can easily bring leftovers, or make yourself a nice sandwich and top it off with a side of chips. It is more economical than going out and paying for food that you can easily bring from home at a fraction of the cost.

You probably think some of these ways to save money is common sense, but you never know how many people don’t follow through. If you are serious about saving money on your food bill if you follow these easy tips you will see results instantly!

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      Jeremy Wade 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Me and my wife started getting real strict on the grocery budget after we had kids and I couldn't believe how much we save just because I bring my lunch to work. Any more I feel cheep whenever we do go out to eat because I can't help but notice how much less we'd pay if we cooked our selves. voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice tips there for everyone. As they say, 'A penny saved is a penny earned.'

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub.

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      abyas 4 years ago

      dalton71482, It can be amazing when you see where the bulk of your money goes, but it is also nice to treat yourself for all your hard work that you put in!

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