DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN CUT YOUR GROCERY BILL IN HALF BY IMPLEMENTING THESE 20 PAINLESS STEPS?
There comes a certain point in our lives when we just begin to accept the fact that life is expensive. Bills like our mortgage or rent, car and home insurance, gas bills, and grocery bills. But there is one thing you can do to lower and even cut your grocery bill in half – let’s look at what it is.
And when that happens we tend to just idle along, assuming that the bills are a fair price, thus doing nothing to try and lower them.
What you might not realize is that you could be saving so much money every month by simply making a few changes. These changes aren’t life-shaking, and some of them don’t seem very significant at all, but they are.
We don’t have time to talk about how you can lower all your bills in this post, or I’d be talking all day. Today we are going to focus on how you can lower your grocery bill, with a few easy steps.
Most people don’t realize how much they are spending on food in a month because they haven’t taken the time to keep track of their spending. This is the first mistake people make that causes families to go over their monthly food budget.
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The easiest way to take advantage of these following tips to help bring down your food bill would be to start by filling out a budget so that you know how much you and your family should be spending per month on food.
The numbers will likely surprise you, but your biggest surprise might not even be the cost of groceries, but rather how much money gets wasted from eating out.
It can be a daunting number, but figuring out how much you have been spending and how much you should be spending is a step in the right direction for bringing your ultimate food bill down.
20 EASY WAYS TO CUT YOUR GROCERY BILL IN HALF
1. COOK FROM SCRATCH
Start by trying to cut back on the number of times you and your family eats out during the month, and no more of those “ready in 5 minutes!” meals. Your health and your bank account will thank you.
Instead, start cooking your meals from scratch. Buy whole ingredients and take the time to cook dinner for a healthier and cheaper option. Give yourself a half an hour to an hour before suppertime to prep and cook your meal from scratch.
2. BECOME A FLYER SHOPPER
Always check your local grocery store flyers before going shopping. Plan your meals and grocery list around what is on sale that week.
3. MEAL PLAN
Meal planning is listed high up anytime I’m talking about saving money. Meal planning is a lost art, and few people are willing to give it a try. I was skeptical about meal planning before I started, too, but I am so glad that I tried it.
Meal planning has stopped those last-minute grocery store trips. You know the ones when you go in for those 2 specific ingredients you need for dinner, but walk out of the store with $50+ worth of stuff.
Meal planning enables you to plan in advance, and when you go grocery shopping you can then buy everything that you need for all your meals for the next week, two weeks, or month. It eliminates wasted food and saves you money in more ways than one.
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4. INVEST IN A BRITA WATER JUG
My husband and I are both used to living off of well water, so when we moved into town it was a shock to both of us. The water where we live now certainly isn’t the best drinking water. For the first year that we lived here I was boiling water on the stove, letting it cool enough to put it into a water jug, then sticking it in the fridge and that was our drinking water.
It took a lot of time to keep up with it, and there were some days that we were out of drinking water because we had boiled the water but it was still too hot to put in a water jug and into the fridge.
I just couldn’t bring myself to spend money on a Brita water jug and then have to spend money on filters for it, too. I wasn’t sure if the Brita would completely take the bad taste out of our water, so I didn’t want to waste our money.
But finally, just over a year later, I splurged and bought a Brita water jug, and much to my surprise, it has not disappointed us. It takes the “town taste” out of our water, and it works fast.
We are both happy with it, and now we don’t have to boil our water or buy water bottles.
5. USE A CASHBACK APP
Using a cashback app like Checkout 51 allows you to earn cashback on your everyday purchases. Just save your receipts, scan them when you get home, and claim whatever products they have available.
6. STOCK UP ON ANY SALE ITEMS THAT YOU NEED
That you need is an important part of this step. Just because something is on sale, doesn’t mean that you need it. But if there is a good sale on something that you and your family use regularly, then don’t be afraid to buy a few more of item than you normally would, as long as it will get used up before it goes bad.
Anytime I see a good sale on cheese I grab several extra blocks and stick them in the freezer so that when we run out of cheese I don’t have to buy it at regular price, because we all know cheese prices are dreadful.
One of our local grocery stores has a clearance section, and they had salad dressing on sale for $ .50! Salad dressing that is regularly around $3-$4 a piece, was on for $ .50, so you can bet I stocked up since it’s something that we use and go through quite frequently.
7. USE YOUR FREEZER
Freezers are so handy. Like I mentioned before, when I see a great sale on cheese I will stock up and stick them in the freezer until I need them. You can also do this with milk, cream, fresh herbs, meat, leftovers, and so much more.
8. BUY GENERIC BRANDS
Don’t be afraid to buy generic brands when shopping. Most people automatically reach for the trusted name brand products. But what they might not know is that the generic brand is (usually) just as good and is sometimes as low as half the price, or less, than name brand.
9. FREEZE FRESH HERBS
When I buy fresh herbs I likely won’t use the whole bundle up in one go, so rather than letting the rest sit in the fridge and go bad, I freeze it.
Simply wash the herbs, chop them up, stick them in a baggie and freeze them. I like to use the log technique. Put all the chopped herbs into a baggie, push them to the very bottom of the bag, get all the air out and roll it up into a log shape. Then when I need fresh herbs I take the bag out of the freezer and just cut a chunk of the log off.
Or, an even cheaper option:
10. GROW YOUR OWN HERBS
If you want the freshest of fresh herbs for cheap, simply grow your own. It’s not as hard as you might think. You can have your very own herb garden in your house, and never have to worry about running to the store because you’re out of basil!
11. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHOP AROUND
I used to go to one grocery store and one store only. They had the best prices around, so I shopped for everything there. Until I realized that the pricier stores sometimes have better sale prices.
Now I am sure to always check the fliers for all of my local grocery stores and often go to 2 or 3 different stores on my shopping day. In fact, the skookum deal that I got on salad dressing that I mentioned earlier was from the most expensive grocery store in town.
12. USE CASH ENVELOPES
If you have some problems with staying on budget, try using the cash envelope system. Figure out your monthly food budget, then take that money out in cash and once it’s used up, that’s it. Don’t take out credit cards when you run out of cash but rather try and make do with what you have.
13. ALWAYS SHOP WITH A LIST
Never ever go shopping without a grocery list. That is just walking right into temptation for impulse buying. When you shop with a complete list you know exactly what you need, and exactly what you don’t. It allows you to walk out of the store with no more than what you really need.
14. GROW A GARDEN
Growing your own garden will cut costs substantially. You can grow your own lettuce, peas, carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, herbs, squashes, rhubarb, and the list goes on and on and on.
If you don’t have much yard space but still want to grow a garden, there are a number of things that can easily be grown in your very house!
15. DON’T LET FOOD GO TO WASTE
Whether that be leftovers or certain ingredients that never got used up, don’t let them sit in your fridge and go bad. Use them up. You can either incorporate them into a meal or you can always freeze your leftovers and pull them out for a quick and ready dinner on a busy night.
16. BUY IN BULK WHEN IT’S WORTH IT
Buying in bulk can be a great way to save money, but do be cautious when doing so. If you’re buying in bulk to save money, but you end up wasting more food, then you’re not saving money at all.
If your family isn’t big enough for all the bulk items but you still want to buy in bulk to save money, then I suggest going together with a sibling or friend and splitting the cost and product.
17. MAKE YOUR OWN FREEZER MEALS
Those “ready in 5 minutes!” meals that you love so much for their convenience, but are out of question because of their cost, can be created at home for a fraction of the price.
If you want to have some quick and easy meals in the freezer for busy nights, it is so simple to make your own. If you’re having a casserole for supper, make two and freeze the second one. If you’re having meatballs, make a double recipe and freeze half of it. This can be done with all kinds of meals.
18. USE LEFTOVERS TO MAKE SOUP
Another great way to use up your leftovers is to throw it into a soup. If you have leftover chicken and some vegetables that are getting to the end of their life, throw it all together in a pot with some water, seasoning and noodles, and before you know if you have a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup.
Soup also freezes easily and is one of my favorite meals to pull out of the freezer on busy nights when I don’t have time to make supper.
19. BUY MEAT FROM FARMERS
As my husband and I are farmers, of course I had to add this one. But even before I married my husband, my family bought their meat in bulk (half a cow, a quarter of a cow, etc).
You will want to make sure that you have a big enough freezer to store all the meat, but you will be thanking yourself later for the savings you made, and the fact that you will always have meat on hand.
20. PACK A LUNCH
Rather than buying a lunch every day at work, pack and bring one from home. This is a cheaper and healthier alternative to eating out every day, and since you’re already buying more groceries to make all your meals from scratch, you’ll have plenty of food to use for lunch.
Taking a few things out of your food budget every month is an awesome way to save money and live a healthier lifestyle.
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