The dreaded grocery budget. It seems like every time I think we’re getting ahead, we wind up spending a fortune on food.
Seriously, six people in our family, I used to cringe every time I hear the beep at the checkout lane.
But, after much practice, and much needed discipline, I’ve found some genius ways to cut our grocery budget in half.
No more having to send things back because we went over budget. I no longer cringe when the items go across the scanner.
And you know what else? I hardly ever use coupons. Once in a while for things like laundry detergent. But, coupons aren’t really for actual food anyway, so I don’t use them.
10 Genius Ways to Cut Your Grocery Budget
1. Meal plan.
Seriously, the best way to save money on your groceries. Hands down. If you know what you’re making, you know what you need to buy. You make a list. You buy only what’s on the list. You will save a ton, I promise.
2. Buy in bulk.
Costco has some amazing deals on food. Especially organic and healthy foods. Get a foodsaver to keep it all fresh in your freezer until you’re ready to use it.
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3. Buy a cow or hog (or half).
Along with the idea of buying in bulk, buy your beef and pork in bulk from a local farmer. You can get premium grass fed meat for a fraction of the cost of what’s in the store.
4. Start a garden.
We love our garden. It’s a fun hobby that provides plenty of fresh produce to go around.
5. Shop less often.
Instead of going to the store weekly, or more often. Try going every two weeks. Or, if you’re really brave once a month. We costco shop once a month and save a ton on our grocery bill (more on that later).
6. Buy store brand (most of the time).
Sometimes it pays to buy name brand. But 99.9% of the time store brand is the saaaame thing with a different label. You can save quite a bit by buying store brand, so give it a shot! You’ve got nothing to lose, and a bunch of money to gain.
7. Eat from your pantry once a week.
You have to clean it out at some point anyway. Why not have a pantry meal once a week? Use up some old pasta and whatever else you can gather up. Some of our best meals were hodge podges from the pantry!
8. Cook from scratch.
Instead of relying on unhealthy convenience foods (which will blow your budget out of the water) cook from scratch. It tastes better, it’s better for you, and it’s so much cheaper!
9. Stock up during sales.
Sales go in cycles. So, stock up when something is on a good sale. If you frequent the same stores and circulars on a routine basis, you’ll get an idea of when items you use have hit their rock bottom. Stock up and save.
10. Invest in a deep freeze.
A deep freeze will enable you to buy in bulk, stock up, have meat, and keep things fresh. It will be the best investment you’ll make when it comes to your grocery budget. I highly recommend looking online for a used one. We got a heck of a deal that way.
If you’re looking to cut your grocery budget, take one or two of these tips at a time and try them for a month or so. Pretty soon, you’ll have your grocery budget so low you won’t know how you ever spent so much!