Smart spending is what we do!
The average American family spends over $500 per month on food, according to our friends at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We love stats but not as much as those guys, so we'll take their word for it. While it might seem that you don't have much room to save on groceries, it's often a flexible area of the monthly budget. As always, check out our coupons section for links to some our favorite sites and resources for saving money. Now let's dive in to some simple and quick tips to save money on your groceries. Are you hungry for some savings? We always are.
- Coupons are not just for your mother. Extreme Couponing is here to stay
- The average manufacture coupon is now worth over 2 dollars. The fact of the matter is that both stores and manufactures what you take their coupons and use them. They're trying to push items off the self, often at rock bottom prices.
- When an item that's typically on your weekly or monthly shopping list in on sale, take advantage and stock up. Nonperishable groceries and toiletries should be purchased with a vengeance when your local stores puts them on sales. Find a place in your apartment or house and dedicate for back stock of goods. Don't let the zombie apocalypse fanatics have all the fun.
- Save big at drugstores: Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid to name a few.
- Smart shoppers save big on many household items at the local drugstore versus the grocery store. Cleaning supplies and nonperishable items can be found at deep discounts at these types of stores. Check out the websites, signup for the "extra care" or store equivalent bonus program and really rack up the saving.
- Love food and love cooking
- You might think the cheapest and easiest way to eat is via the microwave of pre-made meals. Cooking from scratch, aka actually cooking, doesn't have to be expensive. Be proactive and paying attention to your food and what you cook supercharges your health. All it takes is a little experimenting and a little planning. Spend a few months every Sunday and write down the meals for the whole week. This way you can go to the store with a plan and reduce the amount of superfluous items that end up in your shopping cart.
- Inventory check
- A weekly review can be a therapeutic and powerful habit for many aspects of your life. Your pantry is no exception. There is often more in your pantry than you even realize, including thing you didn't even know you had. Be creative and plan a few meals using only items in your pantry. Pull to the front items that you haven't used in a while and incorporate them into your weekly meal planning.
Be smart with your pantry, leftovers and planning your meals in advance not only save you money but it also saves you time. A little less worry about what's going to be on the dinner table tonight can go along way. Most importantly have fun, get involved with your food and your groceries shopping and look at as a place of creativity and not a burden. Food is the essence of life and the better fuel you put in, the better the output.