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Is your grocery budget out of control? Are you spending too much at the grocery store and still paying a ton for fast food? I bet you are also tired of throwing food and money away because you are too tired to deal with sorting through the random food in your fridge. You have to work late tonight, run to baseball practice, and then still figure out planning meals. It is easy for your budgets to get out of control as family schedules squeeze every minute. Take a deep breath, sit back, and let’s talk about easy quick ways to cut your grocery budget.
How To Quickly Cut Your Grocery Budget
I hate leaving the grocery store feeling like I spent too much money! The only thing worse is looking at all of the food you just purchased and having no idea what to cook. I used to be the queen of “A house full of food with nothing to eat” syndrome. I was spending big bucks at the grocery store but I just didn’t have a plan and honestly, I was worn out. I felt too tired to figure out dinner, so we would just run and pick up something out real quick. I was wasting too much money on food and frustrated! Do you feel that way? Dread the total when checking out at the grocery store? You can quickly cut your grocery budget with these easy tips.
Quickly Cut Your Grocery Budget Without Coupons
One of the biggest drains of the budgets of American families is that we don’t use the food that we buy. As a matter of fact, we throw away 40% of the food we purchase. How many times have you thrown away produce, meat, or leftovers? If you eat 90% of the food you buy (including bringing home a doggy bag when eating out) then you WILL SAVE MONEY!
- use the food I buy
- stay organized
- save money.
Shop The Perimeter
Shopping the perimeter will not only save you money, but it will also save you time. Be thoughtful and selective with which aisles on which you buy boxed and canned items. Don’t be sucked into purchasing a lot of boxed meals. Boxed meals look easy and cheap, but homemade skillet meals are just as easy. Homemade will be more satisfying and tasty for your family. Why? Because they contain more real food.
Shopping the perimeter will also cut down on your time in the store. Even with my kids helping me shop, I can get in and out in 35 minutes. The aisles in the middle get clogged with people and take up a lot of your time. Staying on the perimeter helps you navigate the store easier and keeps you from buying expensive, less satisfying, prepackaged meals.
Save On Meat
The most expensive grocery item that I purchase is meat. It is a staple, a necessity, and it is the easiest grocery item to buy on sale and freeze. In order to use all of that meat, you will want a plan and a Freezer List to help keep you organized.
Most items in the grocery store go on sale approximately every six weeks. So you don’t have to feel like you have to buy enough meat for the next six months. A few packages of chicken breasts and ground meat in the freezer really can help with your grocery budget. If you live close to an Aldi, I strongly suggest that you check them out for savings on meat. I have purchased family packs of chicken legs for less than $0.70 a pound which made a noticeable difference on the bottom line.
Plan Meals To Quickly Cut Your Grocery Budget
Planning Meals is key to saving money. Meal planning helps you write a more focused grocery list. A well-constructed grocery list helps you buy only what is on your list. You can feel confident in knowing what you need. And, you won’t buy extra grocery items that will only clutter up your pantry and fridge only to throw away when they expire.
Do you need help with planning your meals and organizing your food? The Meal Planning Made Easy Kit includes How-to-Step-By-Step instructions and 9 organizing printables to help you meal plan and save money.
Check Your Store’s Sale Paper
Most grocery store’s weekly sale papers are available online. It is most helpful to check the sale papers while you are planning meals and making your list. That will help you take full advantage of sales. There is something about seeing sale items in the store that tempts us to buy extra items. I find checking the sale papers before helps me stay focused on my list and avoid purchasing unneeded items.
Buying only what you have on your list, taking advantage of sales, having an easy meal planning and organizing system, and then using what you buy will help you maximize your budget at the grocery store. By using these methods I have cut my food budget (eating out plus grocery) by 40%. That is extra money that I can put towards a vacation. Don’t we all need a vacation? What will you do with your savings?
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