Thursday, February 9, 2012

Grocery Savings Tip #8 - #9

**FYI: These two tips are not to mean to starve yourself just for the sake of saving grocery money! Read the explanations. ;)

Tip #8 - Buy Less

The average family throws away 880 pounds of food every year! That equals about $600 a year!!!

Think about how often you throw food away... Your produce, your dairy products, your meat, etc. When you bought it you had every intention of eating it. Maybe you thought if you bought extra fruit then you wouldn't have to run back to the store as soon. But then you forgot about it or it just didn't get eaten as fast as you thought it would.

This is where the importance of meal planning comes in again!!! If you properly plan ahead of time what you will eat and what you will need for the week, then you can make sure you don't over buy!

Throwing away food is just throwing away money! 

It's okay if at the end of the week, you have no food left. That means you didn't waste money! Now if you stockpile then you don't have to worry about your cabinets being completely empty. :)

Keep track of how fast you go through perishable items, so you know how much is too much.

Some of my examples:
  • I know we use about 1-2 gallons of milk a week, depending on if we're eating cereal.
  • I calculate how much fruit we will eat each week depending on snacks, lunch, breakfast, etc.
  • I only buy produce that I know will be used for meals

Tip #9 - Eat Less

This one is simple and will help you save money AND be healthier!

The healthier the food you eat -> the more filling & lasting your food is -> you will be hungry less often -> the less food you will need to buy!

Now, yes healthier food does generally retail for more money. But those items do still go on sale! And if you're buying less then you don't need to buy as much!

Choose things like fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, dairy and food with less sugar!

Don't go crazy with this! Start small! And pay attention to what the sale prices are, just like we talked about the other day! See how ALL of these things work best together???

**See the rest of the Grocery Savings Tips HERE!

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