Can good spending and balanced eating coexist on a budget?!
Of course, it can! It’s totally possible to purchase nutritious and tasty food at a reduced cost, but it just depends on your approach.
The only questions to think about are; does your lifestyle need to be readjusted? Or do want to be more daring in the kitchen?
Because either way, you certainly can eat nutritious and delicious food at a fraction of the cost each and every month.
All you have to do is incorporate a couple of these recommended money-saving food strategies to have a result in saving a little bit more money on groceries each month.
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12 Clever Ways to Save Money on Groceries Each Month
1. Look closely at your grocery bill.
According to the USDA, the average family of four spends between $600 and $1.300 a month on average for food.
So it goes without saying that one of the first factors when cutting food costs to save more money is to look closely at your food bill.
If you look closely at what you are buying each month you’ll notice where you can save a little more, improve upon or stop purchasing altogether and catch the times in which you are being charged for products at a higher rate by mistake.
2. Have a grocery list.
A grocery list will help save you time, energy, and money because there is nothing worse than having to run back to the grocery store because you forgot one thing.
You can also list the items that match how your grocery store is laid out (e.g. produce, dairy, bakery), and you will save time and energy as you will know exactly what you need to grab in a split second.
3. Make your own processed food at home.
Processed ready-to-eat foods are not only costly, but they are often the unhealthiest versions to buy since they are loaded with high preservatives, fillers, and unhealthy saturated fats.
Plus, you’ll quickly discover how much money you can save on your favorite treats each month if you put in the extra effort at home preparing them yourself, to save extra money on your favorite snacks.
Here are a few tips to help you invest your money wisely!
- Make your own Roasted Nuts. If you eat a lot of various nuts, you are most likely very conscious of their high cost at the grocery store. So the next time you go to the supermarket buy them raw and roast them yourself! They’ll taste much better than the store-bought version and you’ll save a little extra money in the process.
- Make your own Cereal bars. Homemade cereal bars are a great morning treat to have all week long, so rather than purchasing pre-packaged granola or over sugary cereal bars, purchase all the raw ingredients yourself from the bulk section and make them from scratch. You’ll save tons of money preparing your own ready-to-go snacks ahead of time than buying them already made.
- Make your own Sauces/condiments. Depending on how creative you want to be in the kitchen, instead of using preservative-filled and environmentally unfriendly pre-packaged condiments and sauces, you can always prepare your own salad dressings, condiments, dips, and sauces from scratch at home, too.
4. Dine out only on weekends.
When it comes to staying within our monthly food budgets, dining out only on the weekends will save so much money by the end of the month.
The prices of food in restaurants are always going to be more expensive than dining in at home and you’ll be bound to save more money in the long run if you opt to cook from home.
Plus, you’ll also have far more control over how healthy your food is, especially when you know exactly how it’s made and the ingredients it’s made with.
5. Track your food inventory & Over-communicate.
When it comes to saving money on groceries each month, ensure that you’re tracking your inventory transactions if they are divided up among various food shoppers in your household.
Keeping track will enable you to band together so you ensure you are not overbuying on things that might have to be potentially thrown out.
Additionally, having conversations regarding your upcoming grocery purchases is a great way to not wind up spending more.
6. Double your recipes and cook in batches.
Did you know you can adjust the number of meals you create and still meet your dietary needs if you can prepare large quantities of food ahead of time?
According to the creator of Bumbles of Rice, when it comes to batching, don’t “overthink” your food. Simply prepare everything you usually cook, but more!
Depending on the scale of your family if you double, triple, or quadruple the recipes you make you’ll have loads of meals on hand to save you from ordering in.
7. Don’t let anything go to waste.
Keep an eye on your refrigerator and never let something go bad. Try to consume it until it spoils, or have an idea on how you can use it to make a soup, casserole, or broth.
Additionally, you can always freeze fruits and vegetables that are about to spoil to make in something later. Old foods are perfect for stews, curries, and soups.
8. Eat less meat and dairy products.
When it comes to saving money on your grocery bills each month, don’t be scared to reduce the amount of meat and dairy products you buy.
Both meat and dairy are some of the most costly food products you can purchase, plus going meatless once or twice a week, or becoming a vegan can save you a lot of money. Check out these affordable meat substitutes to help your budget.
9. Stretch your beef in half with this food cooking hack.
If you can’t limit the amount of meat you and your household likes to consume, did you know you can drastically reduce your beef consumption (to save more money) with this fast little hack that you won’t ever forget?!
To simply reduce the amount of beef in your chilis or spaghetti dishes, cut the suggested beef quantity in half and apply more water and instant quick oats instead.
Your family will never know you used oats as a substitute for half the beef, and the oats will taste just as delicious!
10. Meal plan.
Meal preparation and meal planning are other perfect ways to save money on food.
Not only will you reduce waste from unnecessary packaging, but meal planning will often transform the food you eat each week into mini-creative meals that fit into your lifestyle and diet.
All you have to do is choose the menu and how much variety you need and then prep for the week ahead. For more ideas on meal planning check out meal planning for beginners!
11. Buy food in bulk.
People who buy bulk all know something you don’t know and it’s that they save so much more on groceries month after month.
Luckily, if you would like to save loads of money on groceries each month too? Make sure to load up on bulk foods such as rice, seeds, flour, dried fruits, beans, the list goes on!
Did you know that having bulk foods will also allow you to prepare a wider range of dishes?
You’ll be able to cook a variety of meals and save money doing it!
12. Never shop hungry.
If you’ve ever gone to the grocery store when you were starving, then you most probably wasted a ton of money than you originally planned.
That’s because a) everything looked so good and b) you were hungry!
So the next time you go grocery shopping, save yourself from buying those extra treats by having a snack before your go or taking a snack with you on the go.
Doing so will save you a significant amount of money and also help you make logical and less hungry based decisions.
Bonus. Buy Produce in Season!
To save even more money on groceries, did you know that seasonal food is usually priced to sell fast?
This is because the grocery store doesn’t want their in-season produce to go bad and the cost of food from your local community is going to be far less costly than international shipping costs.
For instance, corn on the cob costs as little as 10 cents in the summer; at other times of the year, it may cost ten times as much!
So if the season permits, grab yourself some delicious in-season produce and start saving your money!
There you have it. These practical money-saving tips to save more money on your groceries each month work.
Try a few of them out and you’ll be saving your hard-earned money in no time!
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