Most of us have probably read plenty of articles telling us to clip coupons, never shop on an empty stomach, and always take the time to drive to questionable parts of town to buy either damaged canned goods or food items past their expiration dates. However, we often forget that there are other practical approaches to lowering our monthly food bills right in front of our eyes. For example, it’s been estimated that during an average year, Americans waste about $165 million dollars in food. And since that isn’t just an indictment of those who live at fast-food chains, everyone must take a closer look at how they contribute to this waste. By doing so, we can all pay off our debts faster by saving money on our monthly grocery bills --while also helping others who may need help buying the food we don’t really need. Here are a few other practical ideas that you don’t always see in every article about saving money on your monthly food bill.
Added Ways to Save Money While Buying Food
- Always carefully review what you still have in your refrigerator and pantry before every going to the grocery store – this will help you avoid forgetting to use up tasty foods before they expire – and remind you what other ingredients you may need to properly prepare what you still have left;
- Make a meal plan for each week – and stick to it -- so you’ll know what you’ll need to buy in advance. Far too many of us just eat some food at home and then dash back to the store before eating all of the perfectly good food we still have because we failed to create a realistic weekly meal plan. This doesn’t mean you have to prepare a rigid meal schedule, but it’s always best to have in mind at least four or five main meals that you want to serve on various days, depending upon each loved one’s preferences and each person’s outside schedule;
- Read the store flyer upon entering– or glance at the unsolicited copy you may have received at home before leaving, carefully noting when certain “bargains” are set to end. (Of course, there will always be new ones listed the following week). Just by deciding to fix meals based upon foods that are currently on sale, you should probably be able to save considerable money – and you can carefully freeze any leftovers;
- Find food websites with recipes that fit your family’s palate. Once you do this, you can easily print them out and keep them in a small notebook you’ll take to the store, along with a list of the ingredients for each meal. Here’s a link to a website that can help all of us who stress out just thinking about creating a meal plan. If you’ve already signed up with a group like Weight Watchers, you can regularly visit their website for healthy recipes and lists of meal ingredients. You may also want to visit a website like Saveur’s to find out the current winners of the Best Food Blogs (here’s the list for 2013) -- or the 50 separate food websites provided by “the psychology of eating.”
Hopefully, all of these tips will help you save enough extra money to pay off all of your debts faster, while also developing tastier meal plans and achieving a healthier weight.
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