Using imaginative ways to save money on groceries will give you a better life. Your money will go farther, and your home will always be full of delicious things. Saving money on groceries will also help you eat better and keep you from wasting money on eating out. You don’t have to spend hours cutting coupons to save money on groceries. Just implementing a few routines will automatically translate to saving money on groceries. Here’s how.
Create a Menu
The simplest way to save money on groceries is to make the best use of the things you buy. Instead of shopping for groceries at random, write up a menu either before you get to the store or as you shop. Divide your menu into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert and Snacks. A great way to save money on groceries is to limit the number of items you buy for each category. You’ll end up buying less and consequently spending less money. In addition, you will create greater variety in your menu over time, by having different things each week instead of everything at once.
Of course, you’ve heard it before that shopping for groceries at stores like Costco or Sam’s Club is a great way to save money. What’s more important is the selection you’ll find. With the growing popularity of wholesale grocery stores, more and more products become available through a greater purchasing power. You can really save money on groceries by buying non-perishable items in bulk and storing them in your home. Create a small space for that purpose to keep your home organized, and keep a list of what you have so as not to over buy items.
Invest in a Freezer
To truly save money on groceries by buying bulk, invest in a freezer that you can keep in the garage or a private corner in your home. You can freeze bread and store-bought foods. As well as foods that you prepare in large potions, which will save you time on cooking again later. What’s more, you can save money on groceries by buying ready meals like frozen pizzas or family lasagna. Such large items are hard to fit in your ordinary freezer, but having them in a second freezer will save you money on groceries by allowing you to buy bulk, as well as save money on eating out when you haven’t the time or inclination to cook.
Shop Once a Week
You’ll save money on groceries when you simply go to the store less frequently. By shopping for all basic necessities in 1 week increments, you can be sure of never running out of milk, eggs or meat. Then if you run out of cookies or yogurt, you can eat something else in the home until your shopping day comes around again. This once a week shopping approach will not only save you money on groceries by causing you to buy less, but by forcing you to consume what you already have at home rather than leave it lingering at the back of the fridge, while you eat something new and exciting.
Learn How to Cook
You don’t have to be a Chef de Cuisine to save money on groceries by making things from scratch. There are so many simple recipe to choose from. Whether you want to increase your existing recipes or learn how to cook for the first time, go online in search of easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
Buy a Slow Cooker
For most working people, finding time to cook is the main obstacle to saving money on groceries. At the end of hard day’s work, who has the energy to start cooking? But if you buy a slow cooker, you can toss all the ingredients in early in the morning, then leave the slow cooker to cook the food over 8 hours. When you return from work, your home will be redolent with the scent of a home cooked meal. Saving money on groceries is especially easy with a slow cooker if you toss in potatoes, carrots, onions and barely, which are cheap ingredients. Add meat for the flavoring and you’ll end up with a magnificent stew.
Bake at Home
Many people think that baking at home is difficult, but really it’s not. And baking at home offers you a great way of saving money on groceries. You can bake bread at home, as well as cakes and cookies. The internet is full of easy recipes. You can read my simple bread baking tutorial which will teach you everything you need to know about baking bread at home. And once you get proficient with baking bread, check out my article with tips on baking bakery quality bread at home. And take a peek at my list of 10 best coconut cake recipes. You can also search Associated Content for recipes shared by contributors.