So who’s hungry? Beyond using online coupons, you can also try these kitchen tips to help you save money on food and groceries.
So how much do you typically spend on your average weekly food bill? Do you even have a rough answer?
Don’t panic if you don’t, because I was in this exact same boat a few months back. The New Year brought with it the desire to save money and start anew, and so far I’ve been amazed at how much money we were spending on food in our household.
And the thing was, we didn’t exactly have a kitchen chock full of expensive foods either. So since I am in charge of the kitchen and do all the cooking in our house -– through choice, because I love it — I decided to take a fresh look at our grocery bill to see where I could cut costs. Well here were some painless adjustments that I ended up making:
How I Save Money on Food & Groceries
1. Patronize a lower cost store or supermarket.
For starters I switched to a lower priced supermarket and there is no doubt that this move made a significant difference. But it’s not the only thing I did. I started looking into the details of the weekly shop rather than just trying to bring down the total amount.
2. Use generic ingredients.
The trick is in thinking small and focusing on how you do things in the kitchen. For instance, we all know that moving away from brand names and opting for generic brands is the best way to go. But that’s an old trick. There are new ones you can use as well. Do read on!
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3. Use alternative ingredients when making meals.
Take my Spaghetti Bolognese discovery for example. I used to make this with a brand name sauce that cost me around three dollars a jar. But now I use passata instead, which I can get for around sixty cents a carton. That’s a full 80% cheaper –- and it has the added bonus that you can use it for dozens of dishes, so it’s great to have in the store cupboard. Chuck in a few herbs and some tomato puree for a bit of bite (also very cheap), plus your usual onions, mushrooms and garlic, and you’ve got a great value Bolognese sauce.
4. Be a resourceful cook and think ahead!
A similar result can be achieved with other dishes as well if you think about the details. For example, I make beef mince stretch further by putting a can of baked beans in with it for a cottage pie. Once again it’s cheap and it’s a good store cupboard standby. And my home made cottage pie is way better than anything I can buy ready made.
I discovered that this is the secret of cutting down on my bills. I find alternatives, use different makes of products and search for replacement items which enable me to make a cheaper meal than I would be able to otherwise.
And this is how I’ve been able to reduce our grocery bill virtually in half. And the best part is that we’ve barely noticed the difference.
If you do this right, you don’t even have to worry about turning your food planning and budgeting activities into a chore. Far from it in fact –- you’ll love every minute of being able to challenge yourself in the kitchen to produce recipes and great food quickly and easily with ingredients that are a lot cheaper. I certainly do.
I continue to reduce my shopping bill by looking for alternatives and trying new recipes every day. Not only have I halved our food bill, but I’ve also created some great new recipes and probably eaten more fruit and vegetables too. Now isn’t that a great bonus?
For more on cutting costs around the home (or anywhere), check out these best ways to save money and these personal stories by SVB on how she’s managed her spending:
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- How We Trim Gas Costs Plus Save $5,500 a Year Off The Road
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Created Mar 22, 2010. Updated September 13, 2012. Copyright © 2012 The Digerati Life. All Rights Reserved.