Many people and especially families are looking for ways to make their grocery budgets stretch further. The eleven mealtime savings tips below were offered by a mom and Shopping-Bargains employee:
Plan out meals and snacks so that there will not be wasted groceries or unnecessary purchases.
Buy items you use most while they are on sale. Coupons can also be found in newspapers and this would reduce your grocery bill significantly in a year’s time if used on products you generally purchase.
If the quality is comparable, why should we pay more for the name?
Divide up the bulk package for the freezer by individually wrapping portion sizes that are appropriate for the number of people in your home.
Also, dry beans can generally be prepared in advance and frozen until needed.
Frozen is an especially good buy for fruits and veggies that aren’t in season. Likewise, the local farmer’s markets sometimes offer cheaper, fresher produce.
This helps reduce the overall cost of milk over time.
Also buy the largest egg container your family can use over time to get the most out of your money.
Inspect clearance bread (or any bread you buy) carefully to make sure it is good and freeze the excess for later use. Be sure to use fresh bread quickly to avoid waste.
This would include items like sugared cereals, frozen veggies with sauce, and other common packaged items. Compare the prices and decide whether it would be more cost efficient for you to prepare the products yourself by adding something to plain products.
If a recipe calls for ingredients you have forgotten at the store, look for similar ingredient at home that might suffice and still make a tasty meal.
While following the above 11 tips, though, be sure to note the following potential money-wasters:
These 11 tips can help you save money on your family’s mealtime budget. We know there are many more. Please share your thrifty grocery suggestions in the comments section below.
BONUS: You can now order high-quality Perdue Farms meats and other foods online and have them delivered to your door. Be sure to look for their free shipping bundles and promotional products. Also, wait for their sale pricing plus use their coupons when possible. By doing this you can sometimes even beat most local grocery store prices (and that’s before factoring in your time and transportation or fuel costs)!
This post was last updated on August 02, 2023.
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