When we went from being a family of two to a family of three and then again to a family of four, the first place in our budget that had to change was groceries. Typically, our highest variable cost is groceries, so it only makes sense that when we are trying to rein in our budgets that we look to saving money on groceries.
These four quick grocery saving tips will help you figure out simple ways to slash your grocery bill and save more money.
1. Meal Planning
This is the easiest and one of the most cost-effective ways to saving money on your grocery bill – meal planning. However, if you have never tried meal planning before, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out where to start. These are some easy tips to help you get started:
Start with dinner – plan out at least five dinner ideas for the week. Once dinner is planned, move on to lunch and breakfast.
Take inventory of what you currently have on hand and add the items that you need for your meal ideas to your list.
Include any staple items that your family uses regularly, like snacks, spaghetti sauce, condiments in order to keep a running supply so you do not run out before the week’s end.
2. Speed Shopping
I discovered this trick by accident. Going grocery shopping to two different stores with two children, ages two years old and under can be a huge hassle. I learned quickly that I needed to shop fast in order to keep toddler meltdowns from happening (okay, and to prevent mommy meltdowns from happening as well). This actually helped me stick to my list and has helped to keep our grocery budget in check because I am no longer wondering the aisles, looking through the clearance section for twenty minutes, and wasting valuable time trying to figure out if I truly need an item or not.
If you do not have little ones to shop with, when you walk into the store, set a timer for twenty minutes on your phone and make it a game to beat the clock. Make sure you have your list and that you are shopping at a store you are familiar with – speed shopping does not work well if you have never been in the store before and are not familiar with where things are located.
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