12 Ways to Save On Your Grocery Bill

Food budget saving ideas

Is your grocery bill out of control? Are you struggling to save on food costs? Well, here are 12 great money-saving strategies to help you lower your food bill.

  1. Set your weekly food budget: a good food budget takes your income, location, family size and eating habits into account. Start by going through your receipts to see how much you spent in the last 6 months if possible.
  2. Make a master grocery list: create a list all items you buy regularly and leave some space for write-ins. Group items in the order you encounter them at the grocery store. Print out a copy of the list and post it on your refrigerator door.
  3. Keep a notebook: with the prices (and sizes) of the items that you buy regularly. The next time a sale sticker catches your eye you can consult your records to ensure the deal is real. Do the retail math. A good buy starts with one key equation: unit price divided by the unit of measure.
  4. Plan your meals: make a chart of your daily meals including school/work lunches and snacks. Plan meals around leftovers. Plan for ingredients that can be used in more than one meal.
  5. Buy directly from the farm: when buying meat and produce (fruits and vegetables) your freshest bet is buying directly from the source i.e. the farm! Prices are usually cheaper there. You can ask friends or check on social media for farm pages or groups for the most direct connection for meat, poultry, fish, and produce.
  6. Cook once, eat twice: pick recipes that can allow you to cook once and get two meals.Label the leftovers.  Rework the way you consider your leftovers, to get down to zero waste.
  7. Shop once a week: pick a day of the week, preferably during the off-peak hours (like in the morning).Make sure you have eaten and have comfortable shoes. Try to go shopping alone if possible. This will all help you reduce your impulse buys.
  8. Buy in bulk: buy bulk in quantity to save money, but be sure it’s an item you like and will use before the expiration date. Also, check if you have enough space to store everything.
  9. Cook at home as much as possible: it’s healthier and much cheaper.
  10. Organize your fridge and pantry: create a fresh start with a quick tidy of the fridge, freezer and pantry.  Use perishable vegetables earlier in the week to reduce food waste. Place raw or defrosting meats in the coldest part of your freezer. Place front and center the items that are used most often. Try to chop and divide vegetables to make using them easier.
  11. Stretch your meat dollars: be flexible with your meat cuts, and select budget-friendly meat like chicken and fish. Buy a whole chicken instead of boneless chicken.After you remove the bones, fat and skin you will have the same portion but for less money. Dried mushrooms are a great meat substitute for meatless meal ideas. 
  12. Learn to love your freezer: It will help you save on-sale items, make-ahead meals, and fresh ingredients until you need them. Make sure that you use bags or containers that are made for the freezer.



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