Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with These Strategies!!!

It’s expensive to feed your family!

The cost of food is a large portion of most household budgets, and the price continues to climb.

There are several alarming statistics surrounding the cost of food in America:

  • According to The United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, in July 2014 the cost to feed a family of four ranged from $568 to $1,293.20 a month! That’s Huge!

  • Data from the Consumer Price Index shows that food costs have increased an average of 2.8% per year since 1990, and are likely to continue their upward spiral!

Fortunately, there are a few techniques that can help you save big on your next trip to the grocery store!

Use the following strategies to dramatically lower your food bill:

  1. supermarketStop paying for convenience. To realize the biggest savings, avoid pre-packaged foods or foods that have been pre-washed, pre-chopped, or pre-cooked.

 

  • Look for whole foods that you can cook and prepare at home, rather than buying food that has been highly processed. Preparing whole foods at home is cheaper and gives you greater control over how much salt, sugar and fat are added to your meals!

  • Cook at home rather than eat out. If you don’t know how to cook, consider asking your friends and family to share their favorite recipes with you. You can also search online for instructions on how to prepare your favorite ingredients.

  • Several sites allow users to enter three or four key ingredients and then provide recipes for their use. This is a great way to use up food items that may be close to their expiration date. Therefore, you’ll be throwing away less food!

  1. Plan your cooking menus around weekly sale items. This trick is one of my favorites! Prepare dishes with items that are already marked down or on sale for the week.

  • Many grocers offer specials on items in their meat and produce departments once or twice a month. Other grocers offer significant markdowns on meat, fruits, and vegetables that are close to their expiration date.

  • Shopping early and often can help you identify your grocer’s sales and markdown patterns.

  • Most meats and produce can be safely stored in your freezer until you’re ready to use them. Stock up on these special deals and plan your meals around these sales.

  1. Write up a Shopping List for the week. Use a Shopping List to write down the items that you need to buy. If you have the EatBy App installed on your smart phone it has a good shopping list function that integrates with the eat by list.

Using your Ingredients List determine the items you need to buy after going through your cupboards/ pantry / fridge.

Scan your Shopping List and work out roughly how much the grocery might cost you this week

  1. Avoid confining yourself to shopping at only one retailer for groceries and other household items. Look for rewards, specials and markdowns programs at all of the grocery stores in your area.

  • A bigger store chain doesn’t necessarily mean better savings! Include smaller, regional grocery stores, as well as area farmer’s markets, on your list of places to shop for savings.

  1. Save big with coupons and rewards clubs. If you want to lower your grocery bill in an smart, effective, but easy way, then coupons for groceries can be the best option you can come up with. Many big or even small stores offer special discounts to members of their loyalty and shopping clubs.

  • Sign up and remember to bring your membership card when you shop while shopping. Save even more by using coupons you find online.

  • Several sites offer coupons for many common grocery items. Many of these sites allow you to download coupons directly to your Smartphone or your favorite retailer’s rewards card, so you don’t have to spend as much time printing or clipping coupons.

  • Other great way to save money is Using a coupon on an item that’s already on sale by this you will produce extra savings. The very first thing you can to do to get the best coupons is to sign up with the product companies online to have their grocery coupons. Keep in mind that you aren’t really saving if you use a coupon on an item that you wouldn’t normally buy!

6. Determine How Much You Spend on Groceries and Household Goods

  • With a specific end goal to know the amount you may be overspending, you need to know the amount you really spend. Therefore, you should begin tracking your grocery and household goods costs. When you buy something save the receipts you get for no less than two months to get an exact picture. Costs for things may fluctuate from week to week and chances are you will replace some of the longer lasting items, in the same way as olive oil and cleansers, at any rate once over that time.

vegetablesRising food prices can make it difficult for many people to afford a nutritious diet. These tricks which I mentioned above make it easy for you to afford healthy and appealing foods, while dramatically reducing your grocery bill! And one more thing which I can’t emphasize enough is that you should use the EatBy App kitchen management app as  you shop to help you shop smartly. It will tell you how what food you have at home already and when it needs to be eaten by. Most importantly it will stop you from buying more food than you can eat before it goes beyond it’s shelf life and to discourage that temption to buy stuff you don’t need.

I hope these little but powerful tips help you save your money and eat green while you go green. Good luck shopping!

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About Lily Marshall

I am a guest blogger on the EatBy App Blog.
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