Give Yourself a Raise: Reduce Your Grocery Spending:
Grocery shopping is one area of your monthly expenses where you have the power to spend less. Realize that when you save money on groceries, you are giving yourself a “raise”; extra money you can use towards other escalating household expenses.
1. Monthly Budget – Begin by evaluating your grocery spending over the past several weeks. Make notes of where you spent (and overspent). Decide that you will begin to use a few money-saving techniques. Put your plan in writing. (In pencil, as you will learn and grow as time goes on)
2. Meal Plan: Be creative, use your resources wisely. Whatever you have at home right now was purchased at one time or another. Create a “free meal” with ingredients you have at home and “bank” what you would have otherwise spent. Other ideas: “Planned” leftovers (cook once, eat twice), preparing meals with weekly grocery specials, and cooking fewer convenience foods, in favor of less expensive/healthier ingredients.
Use What You Have in Your Home Grocery Inventory:
Check your Pantry – and Periodically Inventory Your Pantry
DinnerTool.com: Plan & create meal plans and a printable shopping list
Your favorite product’s manufacturer websites
Mypyramid.gov: Tips towards planning healthy meals according to food groups and dietary considerations.
(Create a meal plan - find some new favorites!): Meatless Mondays,
Breakfast Tuesdays, Soup Wednesdays, Fun Finger Food Fridays
3. A List Saves You Money – Plan to succeed at your money saving goals. Shop less frequently and more consciously. Strive to affordably and reasonably maintain a household inventory which includes basic staples for quick, favorite meals and common necessities. Buy within budget when it’s on sale and you’ll hardly ever pay full price again!
4. Find a Friend! Network, Share, Exchange & Inspire! The more “eyes & ears” out there for you, the more money you’ll save – and the more fun it will be! Everyone has their “starting place” and needs encouragement. Make a goal, put it in writing and form a team. 2011 can be the year you eat healthier and more affordably. Meet moms like you at 247moms.com in our groups and forums. You’ll make friends and find new favorite meals – for less!