5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries
Ah, the dreaded grocery budget. Many people believe it’s hard to stay in budget for groceries when eating healthy, but we have five ways to help you save your bank account and your health.
Consider growing a garden
This one can be fun! You don’t need a huge backyard or expert gardening skills to get this going. You’ll need: seeds or starter plants, vegetable plant soil, space in the ground or a raised bed, and the internet to search which plants grow well in your area. We’ve found that zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelons grow well in our Louisiana heat.
Plan ahead and make a shopping list
This one may be obvious, but so many people fail to plan their meals before heading to the grocery store. See what’s in your pantry and fridge, then build your meal plan for the week around what you already have on hand. Go into the store with a list to avoid overspending.
Use cash to pay for groceries
At the beginning of each month, set your grocery budget and put that cash in an envelope. Divide your monthly budget by how many weeks are in the month and only take that amount of cash to the store. You can also find big savings when using coupons. If you get to the checkout line and your items are more than the cash you brought, figure out what you can put back. Paying for groceries in cash each week forces you to stay in budget.
Why pay more for an item because of the name brand when you can get the generic version for cheaper? Our favorite items to purchase generic include seasonings, canned beans, and frozen vegetables.
Shop online and pick up in store
This is our favorite tip for saving money on groceries. Many stores like Walmart and Kroger are offering customers to shop for groceries online and pick up in store (Kroger will even bring your order to your vehicle). Benefits include not being tempted to buy other items in the store, taking advantage of online store coupons, and knowing exactly how much your bill is going to be. This is a win-win.
Need help figuring out your grocery budget and don’t know where to start? Contact us for help.