July 6, 2015

Ways to Slash Your Grocery Spending

I've shared easy ways to stretch your grocery budget before (check them out if you haven't already). Now, I'm sharing even more ways that you can slash your grocery budget. None are complicated or too painful. They'll even help you eat healthier while you save.




1. Add a salad. Adding a simple salad of carrots, cucumbers and lettuce with a sprinkle of cheese and dash of dressing to each meal is healthy and helps you cut your budget. Rather than having more meat, you fill up on salad which is much cheaper. Buy the big bag of uncut carrots, a head of lettuce and a large bag of cheese for real savings. Skip the toppings that up the cost and take away from the health factor.



2. Buy fruit based on sales. Rather than simply buying what fruits look good to you that week, look at what's on sale and make that your fruit purchase for the week. The sales vary week to week so you'll end up with a good variety as well.
3. Skip the starch. This goes along with adding a salad. Pick a few meals a week to skip the rice, potatoes, etc., and have the side salad or more veggies instead.
4. Homemade pizza. Ordering out for pizza can be expensive and isn't at all healthy. Instead, make your own crust, add pizza sauce (or make your own), top it with cheese from a bulk bag and throw in some veggies to finish it off.

5. Deep freeze. Invest in a freezer so you can stock up on sale meats and freeze leftovers for in-a-pinch meals when you'd be tempted to eat out.
6. Skip the soda, juice and sugary drinks. They'll make your waistline and your budget grow. If you do drink juice, water it down.
7. Skip bottled water. The refrigerator filter or a Brita pitcher works just as well and is much cheaper.
8. Avoid buying drinks and snacks on the go. Little treats when you go out add up. Instead of splurging, bring a water bottle (not plastic if you'll be leaving it in the car) and a few healthy snacks, such as protein or granola bars or an apple. These goodies you can buy in bulk and keep on hand to grab and go.



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16 comments:

  1. Great tips! With three boys, I'm always looking for ways to cut down our grocery bill. We do have a deep freezer...bought it when the boys were in NICU for all the breast milk ;) so it's great for making and freezing things or meat, as you mentioned.

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  2. Excellent money saving tips! I always shop on a budget since I am feeding such a large family.

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  3. I love a good crockpot meal. YOu can make in bulk and freeze or have twice in the week.

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  4. The drinks do kill a budget. There's absolutely no question about it! I've got to cut down on that.

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  5. I totally agree with this list, since I have been shopping for the family now I noticed a lot to do to make the prices much lower!

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  6. I want to make my pizza some time with my kids. We did it at a friends house and had a blast.

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  7. Great tips! We usually spend so much on everything in life. We need to save! - jeanine

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  8. Awesome tips, especially about the grab-and-go elimination. One of our big savings is that we buy only storebrand stuff. It's so much cheaper and you can rarely tell a difference! Some of your tips are new to me and I can't wait to use them to save money! - Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com

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  9. Elizabeth O.7/07/2015 12:44 PM

    These are wonderful tips and they really help you save money. I always make sure that we have vegetables for every meal. We ditched the soda a long time ago.

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  10. These are all true. Buying in bulk helps you save money and cutting back on what we don't really need.

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  11. Great tips. We do need to slash our grocery bill. We do buy fruit and veggies based on what's on sale.

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  12. Thanks for sharing this list. Summer is a great time to transition to eating healthier with fresh produce. I love making and eating different salads, especially. Fruit salad mixtures are great, too!

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  13. These really are some great tips! We started subbing in side salads last year & they really do help cut down the grocery bill!

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  14. We've really been having fun making our own Pizza lately! Cheap and tasty and you get the exact toppings you want. Great tips!

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  15. All good tips here. I need to deep freeze better than I do. My DIL freezes everything and is amazing about using her left overs.

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  16. Super great tips, making pizza is fun. We have a habit of buying bottled water which I think it's a waste but my husband likes it. Oh well!

    Young Love Mommy

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