There is no better way to put it other than to say food is a basic need we all have. The only variation is on the amount individuals spend on it. There are lots of ways to buy food such as dollar store finds to gourmet, convenience to bulk and others. The good news is there are ways to save money you spend on buying food whatever ways you buy it. It is safer and less costly to buy groceries for cooking your own food rather than buying fast foods.
See the value in eating at home rather than going out
Imagine if the average takeout meal costs about $10 per person, this could be your local deli or nowadays, this is not hard to do in the drive-thru either. Now let’s say you do this every day for lunch during the week. 5 days a week x$10 per day is $50 a week. Multiply this by 4 weeks and you are looking at about $200 a month for lunch alone in a month. Now let’s say you dine out 3x a week for dinner as well. Dinner out may range from $8 at the drive-thru to $20 at a restaurant when tax and tip are considered as well. We will average dinner at $14 to take both in to account. Let’s do the math again. $14 a day x3 days lands you at $42 for the week and about $168 for the month. So for going out to eat alone, you are looking at $368 a MONTH for ONE person. Double this for 2 people and find yourself at almost $750 a month to go out to eat. And this doesn’t even cover all your meals. In a breakfast, lunch, dinner scenario, you would still have 30 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 16 dinners to figure out for the month. Going out to eat for convenience or as a habit can zap your budget in a heartbeat.
Plan your meals ahead of time
This does not have to be an extreme plan as such; you need to keep it simple. The priciest and most important meal is always the dinner. All you need to do is map out the recipes that are needed for the dinner and get them at the grocery store with a list in hand. There are apps you can use to make this easier for you for free or a little amount. Grab a few staple items to repeat for breakfast (eggs you can hard boil ahead of time, yogurt, toast, and fruit- whatever you prefer). Make lunches simple sandwiches or leftovers until you get the hang of meal planning and want to start getting fancier with lunch. When you buy what you know you need, you cut down on food waste (saving you money) and you take the stress out of cooking. There is also the point of cooking ahead especially if you do not have a traditional schedule or you do not have enough time to cook when you get home.
Be mindful of sales and pricing at different stores
Generally, there are some groceries stores that sell groceries items lesser than others; the only thing is they do not always have the best deal on specific items. Pay attention to the prices of the items you buy regularly when you visit stores. It happens that the store you believe to be more expensive have the best everyday deal on a couple of staple your buy regularly. Whenever you are in the area, try as much as possible to pick up those thing a save a few bucks for yourself as well.
Use what you buy.
You should not be a kind of person that would buy about 10 pieces of onions and use only 2. This happens to most people. If you buy 10 next times, you would be helping yourself by freezing the rest you are not using soon. You can research how to best freeze foods to get more of the how to. Can you get chicken at a better price in bulk? Great, plan enough meals for the week around the chicken so that it gets used. Or freeze what you don’t use and utilize it at another time.
Take advantage of coupons.
Most of the coupons available lately are digital and they can be as simple as scanning a barcode at the entrance of the store. Sifting through pieces of paper at the register has been eradicated. Most stores run apps
Tips and tricks to saving money on your grocery bill cannot be listed all as they are many. It is not a must you try all, all you need to do is try one and have a hang of it, that’s all. To get you saving right away; pick one to day and follow it squarely.