If you are one of the millions of Americans determined to save this year, the money spent on grocery shopping is a great place to start. Yes, we all need to eat, and spending less on groceries doesn’t mean eating less. It’s good to invest a little time before you set foot in the grocery store to save money. Here are some ways you can make changes and cut back early on your next shopping trip.
How to list of ways to spend less at the Grocery Store?
Plan your shopping budget
• Knowing exactly how much you can spend on groceries each month keeps you on track from the start and forces you to think strategically (ListPlanIt.com has many pages to help you budget and stick with financial planning).
Set goals that are sensible and measurable
• Evaluate every week and adjust your budget instead of once a month
• Create a menu plan for the week and a list of the required ingredients on your grocery list. more specific. Stick to your list. (ListPlanIt has multiple menu layout pages as well as a meal-planning grocery list.)
Spend cash to stay within budget
• Nothing will keep you on a budget more than limiting your spending on cash only. Once you run out of money in the envelope, it’s gone!
Don’t let your food money go to waste
• According to the USDA, 10-40% of family food items are wasted.
Reduce waste: 1) Serve in smaller quantities. 2) Store and use leftovers (within a few days or freeze). 3) Use the food you already have in the kitchen, refrigerator, and freezer. (Search the inventory pages for kitchens, refrigerators, and freezers for meal planning.)
Live by the five minute rule
• If it takes 5 minutes or less to prepare an item, do not buy one that has been cooked, pre-washed, or pre-cut. Save money and do it yourself.
Cook food at home
• The cost of making your own pizza is cheaper than delivery.
• Home food not only tastes better, it also means less processing, sodium and fat.
Stay away from junk food
• Don’t pay a fortune for the convenience of eating when trying to cut your food budget.
Consider other options
• Use coupons.
Pay attention to circulars and advertisements.
• Buy in bulk.
How do you cut your grocery bill?