If you want to cut back our your expenses, you really should start by looking at your food budget or rather how much you are spending weekly at the supermarket. Here are some tips to help you:
• Record your purchases. You may want to start tracking a weekly plan on how much you actually spend at the grocery store and at all those pit stops you make at those convenience stores. Now decide where you can cut back.
• Never go shopping without planning out a shopping list first. Actually look and see what you need.
• Once you get to the store, be a little flexible with your list. If you see sales items you know you will need, especially sales produce items, go ahead and add these to your list.
• Remember you can freeze fresh fruits and vegetables for later use.
• Try to only shop once a week. Do not be one of those shoppers who will go to the store daily for what you need to cook for dinner.
• Consider cooking more of your meals. Make friends with your crock pot to save time and make use of the internet to find valuable time saving recipes.
• Make homemade snacks. Consider items such as popcorn, and homemade cookies. Also consider some low calorie and low priced snack items such as pretzels and yogurts.
• Buy in bulk. You can buy bulk items that you do not have to refrigerate and you use regularly. Just do the math to make sure you are saving money. You may even want to purchase these with a friend and share the cost and the products.
• Take the time to look over store ads and newspaper ads for coupons.
• When the season is right, save money on some of your produce, by gardening. This is also a great way to add some exercise to your life. You can swap any over abundance of any vegetable you may grow with a neighbor or friend.
• Never shop when you are hungry and beware of those sneaky ways that the stores will get you to buy those convenience items. Also do your best to ignore those tempting candies and snacks at the checkout aisle.
We need to save where we can, this include the supermarket. For this reason, we all need to evaluate our own spending and decide for ourselves how we can cut back and save money at the supermarket.