There are two reasons why every household should spend more time going through their food shopping bill every month. The first is that we all spend an extraordinary amount of money on food. Recent statistics suggest that the average American household spends around $7,000 on food every year. And the second issue is, even more, relevant – US homes throw away almost $1,000 worth of food each year. So, clearly there are savings to be made. And, in this guide, we’re going to go through some of the best ways you can save yourself some serious money. Let’s take a closer look.
Don’t be a food snob
There is no other industry that relies on snobbery more than the food industry – with the possible exception of fashion. People will happily pay two, three, maybe even four times the price of a product just for a brand name. And, whenever you consider the enormous markup on food anyway, that’s a big deal. The truth is that many cheaper brands, or store-made products, are just as good. Some will be; some won’t be. But, if you give your taste buds a chance, you will find that there are serious savings to make.
Buy in bulk
Want to make a real difference to your food budget? Then start buying in bulk. It’s so much cheaper, and as long as you stick to perishable good, you won’t waste a thing. Try using a vacuum packaging machine to extend the lifespan even further. There are plenty of wholesale stores such as Costco that sell bulk goods. Being clever about your buying can lead to significant savings.
Stop shopping hungry
Never go food shopping on an empty stomach. Large grocery stores will tempt you with sights, sounds, and smells that are all designed to make you fill up your basket that little bit more. Write a list, stick to what you need, and have a hearty meal before you leave. You might be surprised how much money you can save.
Don’t take the kids
Another game that supermarkets play is to encourage children to harangue their parents for treats. Have a look around your local store, and you will see plenty of ‘low-hanging fruit’. Candy, chocolate, magazines – all this and more are slyly positioned for maximum effect. And, it all takes a toll on your grocery bill. Leave the kids at home, make a list, and go on your own. It’s that simple.
Create a meal plan
If you want to save serious bucks, make sure you have a meal plan. This way, you will have a list of ingredients you can follow, and you will waste a whole bunch of money. Spend an hour or so each week drawing up a meal plan, list the ingredients, and away you go. It’s such simple premise, and you can also base your meal planner on your local market’s deal of the week.
OK, so there you go. With any luck, these simple ideas can help you shave off a considerable chunk of your monthly grocery bill. Feel free to let us know if you have any other tips!