Food is a necessity, no matter who you are! I remember when there were days I was spending hundreds of dollars per WEEK on food for my family and I thought to myself, that’s way too much for a family of four. So here are a few tips I’ve followed for the past two years that’s saved me thousands a year on groceries.
When you sit down and truly asses what you really need, you’ll quickly realize how much money is actually being wasted and these new methods will help your pockets and your sanity! Groceries are a necessity in every household, but spending a fortune isn’t! Check out these simple, helpful tips on how to save thousands of dollars a year on groceries and how to set a grocery budget fit for your own budget.
1. Stop buying boxed snacks and packaged foods.
I can’t stress to you enough on how much of my money went on processed foods and snacks. About 70% of my weekly grocery budget went on boxed crackers, boxed cookies, and so forth. First and foremost, they’re not the healthiest options and they cost too much money. Secondly, because they are filled with lots of additives and stripped of the proper nutrients, they leave kids coming back for more. Can you say, cha-ching?
You’d be surprised at how much cheaper it is to prepare meals from scratch. Preparing meals in a crockpot or pressure cooker will save you time in the kitchen and money in your wallet. I also go into detail below on how easy it is to prepare your favorite store-bought snacks from home, by stocking up on basic baking essentials.
2. Buy fresh vegetables and fruits instead.
You can try fruits like pineapples, apples, strawberries and blueberries. You can even freeze them for later and pick one day out of the week to prep these fruits to easily serve to your family when you’re ready.
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3. Stay away from named brands.
Skipping out on these all together will help your grocery budget tremendously. So what do you buy instead? Stock up on baking essentials and bake muffins, make granola bars and bake your own cookies in big batches to have available throughout the week.
You’d be surprised that you ALREADY have most baking essentials in your pantry anyway. Always keep some all-purpose flour around, baking powder, sugar, milk and butter around – and you’ll always be prepared to bake healthier and cheaper alternatives to your favorite name-brand snacks.