I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of bending over backwards just to save $1 at the grocery store!
That’s why I went hunting, and came up with these great ways to stretch your grocery budget, while providing healthy meals for your family…and without breaking the bank!
Try one, or try them all, the choice is yours. Just make sure you put these tips into action if you want to save more on food every week!
5 Ways To Stretch Your Grocery Budget
1-Eat In Season
Feeding your family seasonal fruits and veggies not only provides you with savings, but out of season produce just doesn’t have the full flavor it should!
When food is at it’s peak, that means there’s an abundance of it available to stores, which means savings for you!
In summer, look for tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, fresh herbs and more. While fall and winter are better for dark leafy greens, citrus fruit, apples and sweet potatoes. Spring time offers a great variety of berries, artichokes, asparagus and fresh peas!
2-Do It Yourself
This isn’t just about not eating out, this is about cooking fresh from ingredients instead of frozen or pre-prepared meals from the store!
The cost of convenience can be astounding if you actually do the math, so take the time to mix those ingredients yourself and you will definitely enjoy the savings it puts in your pocket!
Bonus alert! You will know 100% of what is going into your family’s meals, no crazy chemicals to preserve the meal, no surprises!
If you are really busy and 9 times out of 10 cannot cook throughout the week, set aside one day and have a Freezer Cooking Day! Prepare all your meals ahead of time for the month and freeze them so all you need to do is heat and eat!
3-Stretch your meat, poultry and fish
By making meat, poultry and fish an addition to a great meal instead of the main attraction, you can use less costly meat while still ensuring your family is getting the nutrition they offer.
Using meats cut up in a veggie filled stir-fry, or mixed with rice or salad, you will find yourself using at least half the amount you would typically be using if it was the main part of the meal!
In addition to this, look for marked down meats when you shop! I always buy marked down meat, bring it home and either cook it that day, or individually package it and freeze it so I can use smaller portions as I need them!
4-Eat more meals without meat
Meat can be the real tough thing when trying to feed a family on a tight budget, so don’t be afraid to have more meals without meat!
Making more meals based around rice, beans, etc, you will not only find them filling, but protein-rich…and cheap!
Add some seasonal veggies and you’re good to go for a nice healthy frugal dinner!
5-Plan Your Meals
Meal planning can be tricky to stick with, but if you treat it like any other appointment you may have, and set a time each week to sit down and do it, you’ll be surprised at how much easier cooking throughout the week will be!
Not only does meal planning allow you to save on groceries by knowing exactly what you need, but it eliminates waste by planning to use food you already have on hand!
Be realistic with your plan, include lunches that you can prepare at home and send to school/work, and take leftovers into consideration as well! You can even prepare a little extra one night if you know that another day you wont have time to cook, then just enjoy some leftovers!
Do you have a trick that helps you stretch your food dollar? Comment below!
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