Save Money on Food
Tips to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
Grocery shopping doesn't have to leave you broke. Learn how to save money on food, so you can walk out of the grocery store with cash to spare.
Shop at More Stores
Buying everything at one store may be a time saver, but it's certainly not a money saver. Drop the big-box habit, and you'll save big:
Foods are at their best price-wise and taste-wise when they're bought in season. Familiarize yourself with the growing seasons for your area. Then, load up on those fresh-from-the-farm deals. Remember: Most fruits and vegetables freeze well, so buy extra to stick in the freezer for later.
Shop Less Often
Less trips to the store means less temptation to buy. Plan your meals a week or a month in advance, and get everything you need in one trip:
Pack Your Lunch
Planning to fork over $6 for lunch tomorrow? Buy a lunch box instead, and make packing lunch your new habit.
Make Your Own Junk Food
Dial down the cost of your junk food habit by making your favorite sweet or salty treats at home. Since it requires more effort from you, you'll probably consume less too. Bonus!
Canning is an old-school skill that still has relevance today. Learn how to make your own jams, jellies, salsas, canned fruits and veggies. Then, scratch a bunch of items off of your grocery list.
Keep Your Carnivorous Side in Check
Meat may be expensive, but it doesn't have to be budget-blowing. Find ways to get your meat for less. Then, sneak a few more meatless meals into your menu.
Simplify Your Spice Rack
Before you buy another spice or seasoning blend, see if it's something that you can make from spices that you already have on hand:
- Garlic Salt
- Onion Salt
Buy Foods in Their Cheapest Form
Dried beans are cheaper than canned. A head of lettuce is cheaper than bagged. Frozen fruit is (generally) cheaper than fresh. Learn to buy foods in their cheapest form, and the only thing that will suffer is your grocer's profits.
Make Your Own Bread
Homemade bread is hard to beat. Stock up on flour and yeast, and leave that over-priced, spongy-stuff at the store (they call it bread, but I have my doubts):
- Bread Machine Wheat Bread
- Sourdough Bread Starter