Reduce Your Grocery Spending and Still Eat Quality Foods

13
January

Groceries are one of the biggest expenses in any family’s budget. It can be challenging to feed your family tasty meals without spending a fortune, but if you get organized, you can do just that. Shopping the sales and using coupons are just a couple of examples of how you can save money at the grocery store. While many individuals say that they don’t have time to clip coupons, this is something you can do while you are watching television. In fact, you can also print coupons from the Internet while you are surfing and this doesn’t take much time.

Some individuals argue that shopping more than one store will eat up your grocery savings because you’ll spend more for gas. However, if there are a few grocery stores in your immediate area, you can save a lot of money by shopping the sales at each store. Most grocery stores put out a weekly ad, which you’ll find in the store or in the newspaper. You can also find most grocery store ads online and browse them at your convenience.

Even more important than shopping sales and using coupons is to get organized. Plan meals ahead of time, which will be more cost effective if you incorporate the sales into your meal planning. When meat is on sale, buy a lot of it and freeze it. This goes for anything that you can store or freeze. The more you buy on sale, the more money you will save and the less trips you will have to make to the grocery store.

Planning ahead will also save you a lot of time in the kitchen because you can chop vegetables and cook meats ahead of time. If you know you are going to have several dishes in one week that call for onions, you can chop them just one time. Produce is expensive, so anything you can buy on sale and freeze for later use will take a big bite out of your grocery bill.

Invest in a storage system that will preserve your food. Americans throw away millions of dollars each year in spoiled food. Even when you are careful, it is difficult not to waste food as much of the food we buy in the grocery store only lasts a few days in the refrigerator. By investing in a system that will help you to preserve your food, you will waste far less and end up saving a lot more money.

Another way you can reduce your grocery spending is to make your own sauces. Bottled sauces are expensive, but if you make your own, you can make a large pot at once and then freeze it to be used for several meals. For example, by making one large pot of spaghetti sauce, you can freeze portions of it to use for several meals in the same month. You can have pizza, spaghetti, and numerous other pasta and meat dishes that call for the same sauce, yet you will save time and money by not having to make it or buy it each time.

While using coupons can save you a lot of money, they can also cost you money if you are not careful. Most experts advise to only use a coupon for an item you would buy anyway, but sometimes, it can be tempting to use the coupon just because it sounds like such a good deal. However, much of the time, you can buy the store brand of the same item for less than you would pay for the name brand even with the coupon savings.

While not every store brand is as high quality as the name brand, many of them are, and you may want to experiment with different generic items so you will know which ones are acceptable and which ones you would prefer to buy name brand only. Many of the same manufacturers that produce the name brand items also produce the generic items and there is no difference in many of the foods, except for the packaging. Reading labels will also help you to discern the difference.

By getting and staying organized and planning your meals ahead of time, you can greatly reduce your grocery spending and still feed your family tasty and nutritious meals.

This post was written by

jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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