5 Tips for How to Save Money on Groceries
If you're trying to save money and balance your household budget, it's smart to look for ways to reduce your grocery bill. Clipping coupons is a good start, but there are other tips to consider as well.
- To stretch your grocery budget, make it a fun family tradition to have breakfast for dinner one night per week. Pancakes and cereal make for cheap and easy meals that appeal to kids of all ages.
- Plan your meals around produce that is in season. It's possible to buy strawberries in the middle of winter, but you'll pay a hefty premium for this convenience. Stick to what is in season and don't be afraid to check out the bargains at your local farmer's market. Since they don't have to pay to have their food shipped across the country, farmer's market vendors are often able to offer extremely competitive prices on a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Canned fruits and vegetables are easy to store and often just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts. Keep your pantry filled with canned beans, crushed pineapple, corn, mushroom pieces, French cut green beans, and tomatoes. Don't worry about brand loyalty, since the taste of canned fruits and vegetables seldom varies between the cheaper and more expensive brands.
- Thrifty cooks know that a pound of ground beef is the culinary equivalent of a mealtime insurance policy. When you've got a hungry spouse and children to feed, ground beef is a wonderful safety net at the end of a busy day. Ground beef is easy to store in the freezer, so don't be afraid to stock up when you find a good sale. To make your meat easier to use, divide it into one pound packages. Wrap each bundle of meat in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn and store in dated freezer-weight plastic bags.
- As you're cooking meals for your family, try altering recipes so they include slightly less meat. In most casseroles and skillet meals, for example, you won't even notice if you use ¾ pound ground beef instead of the 1 pound the recipe calls for.