When it comes to budgeting there are areas in your budget with wiggle room and areas where there is no room to save. A lot of times we don’t want to compromise our quality of living by making some adjustments and cutbacks. I’ve found that it’s possible to serve my family healthy and nutritious meals and still save money on food.
Best Ways to Save Money on Food
Food costs are on the rise. So is the general cost of living. This means we’re all looking to save money. Whether you’re feeding a family and just looking to make some cut backs, or saving towards an online BSN degree from Rutgers Online, food is a great place to start. Most of us are spending much more than we need to, and even wasting food unnecessarily. Follow these tips and you’ll soon be saving money and reducing your family’s waste, while still eating a healthy and interesting diet.
Going to the store without a plan and putting whatever we fancy into our basket leads to spending too much, wastefulness, and having nights when you just don’t have anything you want to eat. Sit and make a food plan. Write down all the meals you want to eat for the week, and then make a shopping list. Make sure you buy enough of what you need, but nothing more.
Cook in Bulk
Cooking large portions, and freezing a batch for another day, is much cheaper than cooking two smaller meals. It also means you’ll have a warming meal ready on the days when you don’t have time to cook because you are too busy studying your online BSN program. Buy any ingredients you can freeze, or that have a long shelf life, in larger packets.
Buy Frozen Fruits, Vegetables and Meat
Frozen fruits, vegetables and meat are often cheaper than the same things fresh. Freezing food doesn’t make it less nutritious, and this is a fantastic way of wasting less, as well as saving money.
Have Meat Free Days
Meat is one of the most expensive things we buy. Meat free days not only save money, they also help the environment, and help you make sure you get plenty of fruit and veg into your diet. You can easily create vegetarian versions of most of your favorite meals by filling them with vegetables, or adding some halloumi.
Cook from Scratch
Don’t buy ready-made food. Not even jars of sauce. Cooking everything from scratch means you control your ingredients and quantities. It can be a lot cheaper and healthier.
Look for Offers
Stores are always full of offers. Look at the reduced sections. Often things are cheaper if they are approaching their used by date. But, they are still ok to freeze same day. On other occasions, things are reduced for reasons such as a rip in the label.
Try Store’s Own Brand
The general rule should be, try the cheapest version first. Most large stores stock a basic range of groceries, their own brand range, and then branded products. Try the basic version. If you like it, keep buying it, if not, try the store’s own. Only buy brand name if you dislike cheaper alternatives. In many cases, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Trying these tips could save you a lot of money. It will also help you discover new meals, ingredients and cooking techniques. Saving money on food doesn’t mean you must have a boring diet. You might just need to be a little more creative.
What are the best ways you’ve found to save money on food? What areas do you find are the easiest for budgeting?