Shopping for food and saving money for your family takes some creativity on your part. Itís important to be organized, make shopping lists, planning meals around sales items, and shopping at various stores.
Here are some helpful tips to shop for food and save money:
Tip 1: Create a menu and make a shopping list. Make a menu for yourself each week and make a shopping list. Then, try to stick to purchasing food items off your menu. Donít forget to include ingredients youíll need to prepare the meals and remember each meal throughout the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks).
Tip 2: Plan meals around sales items. Make sure to include sales items into your meal planning. If a particular item is on sale, consider making a meal with that item. Watch for ads in the local paper and online to see what will be offered for a discount price. In addition, donít forget that you can swap out ingredients whenever possible.
Tip 3: Buy certain items from dollar stores or drug stores. Non-food items you may frequently purchase at the grocery store, like toilet paper, napkins, soap, deodorant, or detergent, can be bought for cheap at a dollar store.
Tip 4: Buy certain sales items in bulk. If non-perishable item goes on sale, buy it in bulk. For example, if you see cereal is marked way down, stock up on 5 to 10 boxes depending on how big your family is.
Tip 5: Be careful with 10 for $10 sales. Many stores offer 10 for $10 sales but be wary when you see items marked like this. This is often a trick to get you to spend unnecessarily. These sales are often not particularly good deals. Just take time and do the math.
Letís face it, it takes organization and time when shopping for food. Remember these tips before you shop for your family next time and you will save money.