Buying groceries every week is something that most of us do without really thinking about it. You round up the kids and drive to the grocery store just to purchase a bunch of tasty pre-made foods and beverages that you’ll consume the upcoming week. But don’t you ever stop and wonder just how much you can save with strategic planning? For some people, grocery shopping and deal hunting go hand in hand. You don’t just grocery shop- you plan meals and coordinate your shopping around them. In the end, you will not only save money, but you’ll probably shed pounds and learn to appreciate mealtime again. Here are some good tips to get you started.
1- Learn To Cook
Eat your meals inside your home and save. Learn to make tasty meals from scratch, and you will save even more. Dig out those cookbooks and rediscover your favorite foods. If you have a favorite dish, there is a good chance that there is a easy and affordable recipe out there.
2- Make A Week’s Worth of Menus
How can you save if you don’t plan? Sit down with the entire family and make a list of the meals and foods everyone likes. Then coordinate the meals around the week, and be sure to add breakfast and lunch to the menus. Some of the meals may be homemade, and others convenience meals (i.e. frozen foods or boxed meals), but it’s important to plan all meals in advance. Start the menu at least one day before shopping.
3- Hunt For Coupons
The web is filled with coupon websites that let you just search, click, and print! After you’ve got your meals planned, make a list of everything you need, then search for coupons.
4- Sign Up For Loyalty Cards
If you haven’t already, sign up for your grocery chain’s loyalty card. These programs are free and are often filled with extra benefits like free groceries or promotional offers.