Welcome to mealplan4me's money saving tips! Are you tired of spending too much money each week at the grocery store just to then have food go to waste? How often has this happened to you? It's bad enough that everything at the grocery store seems to have gone up in price, but its even worse knowing that grocery items went to waste or that you could have bought them at a lower cost.
On any given week, I use any of the options listed below. Each one of these tips seem to work well for me. I try not to stick to one method and like to have flexibility in the strategies I use. My most used method is purchasing in bulk. I like to shop at wholesale stores to purchases family packs of chicken, steaks, pasta, etc. Once I have those staples in place, I can plan menus around them. I also use the other methods below and on occasion, go through on-line coupon website for extra store deals.
One popular tip is couponing. I am not here to advocate for it or to discourage anyone from it, but if it works for you, great! I must admit I am not a regular couponer, but I love to take advantage of deals as I see them. What works for me is to print out coupons on-line for select household items such as cleaning products, paper towels, toilet paper and similar items, rather than groceries. Depending on how much time I have, I'll also look through the grocery coupons, but it just depends on what type of items I need. Since I buy a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and limit the amount of processed and canned foods, it can be a challenge with coupons. So again, I glance at the weekly coupons for select items and have really saved some extra money doing this. Now that you can look through coupon's on-line, it's great to see what is available! Get Coupons Here!
A great way to save money is to cook in bulk. You can always cook meals in bulk and freeze them for later use. For example, you can make an entire casserole dish, eat only one portions worth, and freeze the rest. You can freeze one portion at a time. That way, you can eat the casserole for lunch or dinner at a later time. If you have a busy lifestyle, this works great if you do not feel like you have time to cook. You can just pull it out of the freezer and reheat it. You'll have a whole meal already to go. This will save you money in the long run as you will already have pre-made home cooked meals available and do not need to purchase any additional ingredients or meals for that week.
Instead of always creating a new menu for the week, you can start rotating your menus. I would suggest you create 3 months worth of menus and start rotating them. The 3 months worth will give you enough meals so you don't get tired of eating the same thing over and over again. It will give you enough variety, yet, you won't need to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to make each week. This will also save you money since you will also know exactly which ingredients you will need to purchase ahead of time. You can check out the local grocery stores on-line deals or in store advertisements to make sure you get those items while on sale.
Another money saving tip is to buy in bulk. If you don't want to buy groceries on a weekly basis, with the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables, then go to a wholesale grocer. Freeze bulk meats, buy cans in bulk, rice, pastas, or whatever. Not only will this help you save money, it will save you on time as well since you would not have to go to the store often. Based on the items you have in the freezer, you can create your menus.
This option may not seem to be connected to saving money, but it actually helps a lot. I noticed that after I decluttered my kitchen, I was able to see exactly what I had in my cupboards and fridge, that I did not duplicate items or purchase things unnecessarily. It's so easy to "forget" that you already purchased some baking soda if it is wedged in the back of the cabinet. I have kitchen decluttering tips to help you get organized to help you save even more money!
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