Save Money on Food – Quick Tips to Stretch Your Family’s Food Budget

Cart in Grocery StoreFood is one of our major expenses these days.  Food costs continue rising, making it harder and harder to the average family to make ends meet.

The price of meat alone has more than doubled in the last decade in some areas, and the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables has skyrocketed so much that many families feel they can’t even afford to eat healthy food.

Fortunately, there are ways to save money on your food expenses without sacrificing your family’s health or enjoyment.  You can still eat the foods you love and save money, too!

In the past few years, coupons had fallen out of favor.  Some people felt embarrassed to shop with them, and others just felt they weren’t worth the time and effort to clip just to save a few cents here and there.

But those cents can really add up.  With the judicious use of coupons combined with shopping at sales, you can literally get $200 worth of groceries for just $50!  In fact, it is possible to get many of your groceries for free if you are careful to choose items that are on sale and you have a coupon for.

For example, let’s say you buy a taco dinner kit that costs $2.29 regularly.  Your local grocery store has it on sale this week for $1.49.  But you have a coupon for $0.75 off of that particular dinner kit, AND you shop on that store’s double coupon day.  That makes the total of your coupon $1.50 off, which means you get the product for free!

Not all stores have a double coupon day, but it really pays to call around and try to find one that does.  If you have a store that offers double coupons nearby, make sure you take advantage of it!

You should also be sure to plan meals in advance so you have a solid shopping list to work with before you go to the store.  By planning your entire week’s meals in advance, you can avoid a lot of the impulse shopping that wastes so much money.

How many times have you gone grocery shopping and ended up buying far more than you really needed simply because you didn’t know exactly what to buy?  How many times have you bought something you didn’t need simply because it caught your eye and “looked good” at the time?

If you do this, don’t feel bad.  It happens all the time.  But if you plan your meals in advance and make a list that you can stick to, it should lessen the number of impulse purchases you make.

You may also want to shop locally for a lot of your produce.  Not only is the produce in most supermarkets hopelessly poor quality, but it’s also very expensive.  You have to pay a premium because the supermarket had to have it shipped from miles away, even though you’re getting lesser quality food.

When you shop locally at farmers markets, you’ll be helping to sustain local agriculture, you’ll get better quality food, and you’ll be able to get some great deals, too.

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