Let's be honest here. The price of food is going up and good money to buy them is only getting harder and harder to come by for many people. Taking the time to save money on food means making sure that every meal that you make or eat counts. Luckily there are a number of ways to make sure that you can both save money and get everything you would need to eat at the same time. It's going to take some planning and a bit of restraint but anybody can do it and today we're going to list a few of the ways we can save money on meals.
1. Cook Less Meats
Eat meat as a condiment. Use small pieces of bacon for flavor, or add small pieces of chicken in bowl of vegetables. Eating fewer meats is also healthier for you as well.
2. Buy Produce In Season
Visit a local farmers market to buy veggies that are seasonal. Buy in bulk and freeze them for future use.
3. Shop At Groceries Stores That Have Sales
Always check ads and look for deals. Then plan your meals accordingly. Buy big and freeze. Products after holidays are dirt cheap, like ham & corned beef.
4. Compare Prices at Different Grocery stores.
Divide up your shopping based on deals at different stores.
5. Buy Spices, Baking Supplies And Dry Products At The Bulk Section.
Lots of stores are adding bulk sections like Sams Club. You can get products like pasta, grains, nuts, fruit, and other baking goods. You save a lot on bundles.
6. Do Grocery Shopping On Wednesdays.
Most of the time, weekly sales begins on Wednesdays.
7. Try Store Brands
Store brands are made in the same place as national brands, and taste just as good.
8. Stick To A Budget
A lot of people, when they go grocery shopping will carry a list of items they want to pick up while they're out. Well here's something to do alongside that, write down on your list exactly how much you want to spend and then try to stay underneath that budget. For example, let's say you don't want to spend any more than sixty dollars. Try your hardest to not reach that high or at the very least don't go over it.
9. Plan your meals for the week.
It's always good to map out what meals you're planning to make for the week. That way you can buy groceries for that specifically and have everything mapped out ahead of time. Despite the title though, it doesn't have to be for just a week, you could even do it for two and save money even longer by having to shop less. This is a great way to both save money and develop healthy lifestyle habits, especially if you're trying to go on a diet.
10. Learn how to get creative with the food you already have.
Something I like to spend time doing is using whatever ingredients or items that happen to be in my kitchen and trying to make a meal out of them. Try making unique meals out of just what you happen to have lying around.
11. Take advantage of coupons and deals.
You can always look through newspapers and magazines or pick them up from the stores to use. They're usually full of coupons to use. When you walk through the aisle try to look for deals and discounts too. Your shopping list, in fact, should be made up mostly of these.
12. Grow your own food.
This I feel is some of the best you can do. Not only does it save money but it's just a great and enjoyable experience to make your own food like this. You'll feel much better and you will save more at the same time. What's not to love?