There are times in our lives where drastic changes must occur now that leave us scrambling for answers or a way to do it. Maybe you just lost a job, found out you are going to have less money than you budgeted for or are simply trying to cut out what is not necessary from your grocery bill. Whatever the case may be, here are some tips for cutting your grocery budget right now!
Tips for Cutting Your Grocery Budget Now!
Meal plan everything. This includes actual meals like breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also snacks. This will help you buy less convenience food because you will be able to portion out snacks on your own or do the preparation for them.
Make it a habit to look through weekly ads for stores in your area. Sometimes, we think we are shopping at the cheapest store, but depending on what you weekly needs are, that might change from time to time. Sales happen and since store are competitive; they may be offering something you need that week on sale.
Sign up for any rewards programs that are offered. Many of them allow you to get exclusive emails and text messages offering additional savings just for rewards club members. Plus, some of these memberships are now offering savings at the gas pump. One rewards club I know of offers extra point values on certain days and savings as big as $5 off a purchase of $20 or more. That’s 25% off just for belonging to the club!
Find rebates on products you are already buying. There are a lot of great apps that you can use to score great rebates on groceries that you are already buying! The best thing about this is, you can still get these rebates even if you use coupons. That’s double the savings! One of my favorite apps for grocery rebates is ibotta. Plus, when you sign up for a free account and redeem your first rebate, you will score a BONUS $10 in cash back! Talk about a money maker deal!
Skip as much convenience food as possible. This is where you have to make some decisions. Some things we pay for that are convenient really are worth it and others are a matter of taking less than 5 minutes of our time to cook, portion, put together and so on. If you can make the time for something, it’s usually a lot cheaper to do it yourself that buy it already done for you. On the other hand, some things may be well worth it for you. The point is, don’t buy it simply because it is convenient. Buy it because you really don’t have the time for preparing it.
Go shopping alone and right after a meal if possible. You know how when you are hungry and you walk into a restaurant and everything on the menu sounds amazing so you order appetizers, sides, and an extra of something and regret it? That’s what you are doing when you walk into a store hungry. You are far more likely to impulse buy in a grocery store. The same is true for bringing along the kids or even your spouse. I always end up with more than I intended to when I shopped with others.
Serve smaller portions. If you are like many people, you seem to make enough to feed an army thinking if you have leftovers it is OK. While there is nothing wrong with leftovers, as they can be great for making other meals from, there is something that might be killing your budget if the leftovers never get used or eaten. Make only enough for those eating with you to have seconds unless you have a specific part in your meal plan to use leftovers.