How rich would you be if you didn’t have to buy food?
Your grocery bill is probably one of the largest items on your budget each month. If you have teenage boys, I’m sorry. You could probably take an extra vacation each year to your private vacation home without that expense.
The truth is that grocery prices are on the rise. And with it already being one of the big items in your budget each month, learning some ways to save money on your groceries can always be helpful.
Here are 5 things you can do to cut your food bill:
- Meal Planning – That may sound simple. But taking some time to plan out what each member of your family will eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next week is a great way to make sure you don’t buy too much food. Plan out leftovers for lunches the next day too! Check out eMeals to help you get started with a plan! (affiliate link)
- Make a Grocery List – Again, this seems simple but I walk through the grocery store all the time and watch people aimlessly throw items in their basket. Make a list based on the meals that you have planned and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list.
- Coupons – If you want to go all “Extreme Couponing,” then go for it. I’m just talking about taking some time before each shopping trip to see if any of the items on your list have coupons available. Sign up for the grocery stores member card and check their website for in store coupons. I even use my grocery stores app while I’m at the store before checking out.
- Buy Generic – Antonio the Tiger is just as good as Tony. It may not seem like that much savings, but let’s look at the math. $0.20 average savings for generic brand item x 40 items/trip = $8 saved. If you grocery shop once a week, that comes out to $416 a year in savings.
- Don’t Waste – I’m terrible about thinking I’m going to eat healthy, buy lettuce and veggies, and then forget about them in the refrigerator until they spoil and become that gross black ooze in the bottom drawer. If you buy something at the store, use it. Use all those cans of soup and various items throughout your pantry and freezer before making your next grocery trip.
Saving money on your food budget starts with having a plan and taking a little extra time before you go shopping. Set yourself up for success and you’ll slash your grocery budget.
What are some other grocery saving tips you have? Tell me about them in the comments.