We all want to save money, and food is one area where we can all find ways to cut back. Eating out less and buying your own groceries is a good first step to saving, but to really save money you need to learn the best shopping methods. Of course coupons are a great way to save money. There are more strategies that people should learn to save even more.
The best way to save money on groceries is to plan ahead. Before doing any shopping know what you want to eat. Make meal plans out for the week before going grocery shopping. Use the meal plans to make the lists, and only buy what is on the list.
Don’t Throw Away Food
We all throw away too much that we buy. Cut back on that buy following these simple rules.
Use Leftovers for Soups and Sandwiches.
Freeze fruits before they go bad. Frozen fruits are good for baking.
Use What You’ve Got
Of the top of your head do you know how much you have in canned vegetables, cereals, oatmeal, grains, and other durable foods. Its probably more than you think. Do an inventory of what you have available and make sure that you find a way to incorporate it into you meal plan.
Buy With Cash
And only take enough to buy what is on the list. Shopping is full of temptations. It is easiest to avoid those temptations by not being able to afford them.
Look For Alternatives
Shop for generics.
Buy cheaper cuts of meat.
Use basic cleaners such as ammonia, vinegar, and baking soda. They are often as effective as specialty cleaners while being much, much cheaper.<!–Ads5–>
Buy In Bulk
Many things, such as paper towels, grains, pastas and canned goods, can be bought in bulk for a lot less unit cost than buying single use serving sizes. This is especially true if you spend the time to shop around.
Be careful though, don’t buy perishable goods in bulk or you will more likely in up just throwing them all away.
Cook In Batches
It is cheaper to make larger batches than smaller ones. Learn to make larger batches of soups and stews. Meats can be cooked for stir-frys and casseroles ahead of time.
Preparing ahead of time is a great way to save time and money. Just don’t make more than you can use.