Remember my post in June called Save Money Each Month — Groceries? I promised to post some ideas about creating a menu plan to lower your monthly shopping bill.
A quick reminder, in that particular post I mentioned:
- Shop less often.
- Don’t buy prepared food packages.
- Cut down on meat.
- Do your math in store (bulk packages aren’t always cheaper; bring a calculator along)
- Pay cash (it’s tempting to buy extras because you can charge your card)
- Know how much you will spend before going to the store.
- Create a menu plan.
The advantages of a menu plan are:
- Avoid the stress of not knowing what to cook that (or the following) day/s.
- Shop accordingly and have all items at hand — no extra runs to the store.
- Know almost exactly what you will spend on groceries each day, week, month.
Before I can assist you in creating the plan you will need to know/find out a few things, please. I will post The Menu Plan — Part Two on September 1st when you can fill in the details and create your very own menu plan.
- Likes and dislikes of food (include your family members, of course 😉 )
- In the next couple of weeks, find out: Which meats/vegetables/fruits, etc. are cheap/er than others? For example, which meat is cheaper: beef, chicken, fish, lamb, turkey? Which vegetable? Which is cheaper: pasta, potatoes, rice?
- Is there a store close-by that offers fresh diary, meat, vegetables and fruit products?
- Do stores in your area offer “boxes” like a (weekly) veggie and fruit box for delivery/shipping to your door? If so, how much are they?
- While online check and compare prices for bulk and special products to prices at your local supermarkets.