One Major (But Simple) Money Saving Grocery Shopping Tip

Most people know that a good way to curb their spending is to limit the number of times they go out to eat. Cooking at home, while certainly more time-consuming, is often far cheaper than paying to have food prepared for you. However grocery shopping can also get expensive when it is not done properly. That’s why Money recently shared one fat tip for slimming down your grocery bill.

So what’s the big tip? Save money by planning ahead and creating menus for weeks at a time. While it might seem odd to think about what food you’ll want to eat two weeks from now, doing so will ensure that you make full use of your perishable ingredients and stop you from buying items you don’t need. Also be sure to leave holes for nights you might spoil yourself with a dinner out or one where you’ll tackle the leftovers you’ve accumulated. As an added bonus, the author mentions that you won’t have your kids constantly pestering you to know, “what’s for dinner?”

In case you might be thinking that if this plan works well on a 14-day basis it would work even better for a month, the author warns against this logic. Since items like fresh vegetables have a relatively short shelf lives, it may be difficult to stretch a month’s worth of shopping into one trip. However if you’re fine with frozen, then more power to you.

Speaking of frozen foods, having some fast and easy frozen go-tos on hand is also recommended. Side (and maybe a couple of main) dishes that can live in the freezer or in your pantry on standby can come in handy on nights when you’re short on time or fresh ingredients. This also gives you the ability to be flexible and switch out meals from your carefully selected menu should something arise.

Finally (and you knew it was coming), the author says, “Learn to love leftovers.” To even things out, they recommend scheduling one “leftover day” for every “day off” that you include on your meal plan. So feel free to splurge on that dinner out, but be prepared to eat your vegetables leftovers too.

Using this simple plan the author claims their family saved $1,000 annually on their grocery bill. Of course that’s based on a family of four so your results may vary. Still, this easy and practical tip will surely help save you money at the grocery store. So what’s on your menu?

 

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