One of my goals with this blog is to offer you ways to be more productive, including with the time and money you spend on food. Food is a big part of life and probably a big part of your budget! Hopefully these tips will help you find ways to save on groceries.
I have been on a mission for the past several years to reduce our spending on food while at the same time improving the quality of the food we eat. Due to multiple food allergies and intolerances, several of my family members have strict restrictions on what they can eat which further complicates our shopping and meal-planning.
I really like things simple, but when it comes to food, my life is anything but. Thankfully, using the 6 simple practices below makes the whole cooking and shopping process a lot easier.
Here are my 6 must-do practices to save on grocery shopping:
- Make a menu.When I skip this step, we still do pretty well, but I find that we spend more money than necessary. Also, there are plenty of times when someone is hungry and digging around in the fridge. Having a menu for all 3 meals of the day helps us to avoid this problem.
- Cook from scratch. This is so critical to keeping the grocery budget manageable.
- Cook in bulk. If you’re cooking from scratch, you’re going to be spending more time in the kitchen. It’s usually just as easy to double or triple a recipe and freeze the extra (just make sure hungry people don’t gobble your work too quickly!)
- Compare unit prices. Paying attention to unit prices is so helpful in stretching your grocery dollars. More on this in an upcoming post.
- Shop around. Once you know what the best prices are, you will find that different stores will be better for different items. I currently use 3 different stores for groceries, plus a local farm for milk. I also do a lot of the bulk shopping online. I plan my shopping so I only go to 1 or 2 stores each week, but I’m still able to take advantage of each store’s best prices.
- Skip the processed food. While we love all the yummy gluten-free snacks that are available at the grocery store now, they are soooo expensive and so we usually make our own or eat something else (like stove-popped popcorn instead of crackers).
Over the next couple posts, I’ll be filling in some of the details on the points above. I think it absolutely is possible to eat well and enjoy healthy food while sticking to a budget and not break your personal finances. I hope you’ll be blessed by this series.