Save Money Each Month — Groceries

The amount displayed at the supermarket checkout is shocking…

“I only got what was on my shopping list,” you say.

Let’s be honest. I went to the store before to get some things that were on my list. While in the store other ingredients came to my mind and I wondered if I still have enough of them at home. I bought another can of tomatoes — maybe even four of them because they were on sale. Then, at the checkout, I paid by credit card instead of using the cash I brought along. One way to spend more than expected…

There are people who are able to go to the store and pick up whatever they want — price no being an issue for them. But most of us do not have that kind of freedom. Creating a shopping list is good, buying only the items on it even better. We need a plan on how and where to spend our money.

Save money each month by cutting your grocery bill!

1 Shop less often. Don’t go to the store just to get a few things. You’ll end up bringing home more than you have planned to do. Do weekly or bi-weekly shopping trips.

2 Don’t buy prepared food packages. It’s tempting, I know. Remember they are often about 50% more expensive! Yes, it does take time to peel and cut the veggies but think of the money you’ll save!

3 Cut down on meat. Find alternatives for meat (e. g. try burgers made of legumes) or just have a/some meat-free day/s per week.

4 A bigger unit or buying in bulk isn’t always cheaper. Don’t go by what you see or read in front of you. Double-check for yourself if the bulk/bigger unit is really cheaper (bring a calculator along).

5 Pay cash. If you’ll take your credit card along you are tempted to add more groceries (and/or other items) into your cart. Yes, it’ll take self-discipline and you’ll need to know how much money you are going to spend beforehand.

Which leads me to my next point:

6 Know how much you will spend. Calculate the total before going to the store. You will need to know the price of the items, of course. Start/Keep a shopping price list.

Keeping a price list is also a tremendous help in planning a menu-on-the-budget. Which is my final point:

7 The Menu plan: The best assistant to help you cut the grocery bill. Need ideas on that one? Watch this space — I’ll show you in one of my next posts.


About Mirjam

Mirjam, a helpmate, homemaker, mom, and writer, was born and raised in Germany but is now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland. Mirjam loves to read, talk and write about her Christian faith, homemaking, home education, music, and dog training.
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