Stretch Your Grocery Budget

04
June

Every little bit counts when you’re planning a grocery budget. After all, this is a necessity: You do need to eat. You can’t just do away with such a budget. However, there are ways to cut corners so that you aren’t paying out the rear for basic staples like bread, vegetables, and the like. You can stretch your grocery budget so that you can feed yourself as well as your family without being unhealthy or going broke or hungry. The following are some tips for how to do exactly this.

Read the Newspaper

It is important to pick up the local newspaper if you want to find out about deals at grocery stores and other establishments that carry groceries. Often, grocery stores will widely publicize when they are about to have a sale or promotion so that people can plan accordingly. Additionally, most newspapers also carry circulars and advertisements that contain information sales as well as coupons. This is a great way to save quite a bit of money on groceries so that you can stretch what you have.

Look Online for Coupons

You got to use the Internet if you want to find the best coupons. You can find coupons and coupon codes for both stores and for certain brands. This means you could double how much you save. These coupons are available on store and manufacturer websites as well as blogs, websites, and forums focused around budgeting and saving money. There’s a lot of rich information available online. It’s up to you to find it!

Buy in Bulk

Another smart way to save money on your grocery budget is to buy items in bulk, especially if you know you’re going to use a lot of an item over the course of a month. Pasta is one such thing that can be bought in large quantities and stored without it spoiling. You may have less luck with milk and dairy products unless you have a large family and need to go through more than one gallon of milk a week. Similarly, you could get together with family members to buy in bulk only to divvy up the purchases.

Plan a Menu

If you plan a menu, you will no more about the types of foods you want. This means that you will not buy things that aren’t useful and that you can plan large meals that can then be reused. For example, make a huge batch of pasta so that you can have it for dinner and then use the leftovers for lunches. The ensures that you have enough food for all three meals, get-togethers, and even for snacks.

Try Store Brand Items

Often, store brand pastas, ice cream, and even bread can be far less expensive and just as delicious or healthy as other brands. Thus, simply choosing to go without a popular brand can cut your grocery budget in half. Try out different brands so that you can save money just by making a smart decision when in the butter aisle.

Make Things

Instead of buying microwave dinners, try to make your own spaghetti or burritos. This may take you slightly more time in the kitchen, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run. Learn how to make your own sauces and things like hummus so that you do not spend more than you have to in the grocery store. Small changes like this mean you can make more nutritious food that is also less expensive.

It is important to plan ahead and look anywhere and everywhere for coupons and information on sales if you want to stretch your grocery budget and get more for less. In today’s day and age, you shouldn’t have to go hungry if there are ways to stretch your dollar. The above tips are surefire ways to help you really make the most of your budget.

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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