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10 ways to lower your food budget

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10 ways to lower your budget I believe the majority of us have been wanting to cut any unnecessary expenses from our lives. One great way is by budgeting your food. That doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself. If done right, you will eat even better than before. Here are 10 basic steps to quickly cut cost from your food budget.

1. DON”T EAT OUT! Eating out is super expensive. Amanda and I find that between the two of us we spend between 8-9 dollars a day on food. If you eat out, you will spend at least twice that on only one meal. This is one of the biggest and easiest ways to save money, not to mention it is so much healthier.

2. Shop grocery outlets or places where you can buy in bulk. Every major city has them. Amanda and I prefer Costco, mainly because it is really close to our house. Not every item in the store is a deal; you have to know normal food prices to compare, but when you do find a deal make sure you take advantage of it and stock up on the items. It is better to spend a larger amount up front if it is going to save you a significant amount in the future.

3. Be sure to comparison shop. Look at the sale tag on the item’s shelf and see how much per pound, ounce or whatever the item is sold as. Compare that to the other products to determine which is the best deal. Hopefully Amanda and I will have a list created that we can post on our site to help people know what food prices they should be looking for.

4. Always check the weekly grocery ads for the good sales. If there is a really good deal on something, be sure to buy it in multiples. This will save you from paying full price later. Amanda and I saw cereal 4 for 4 dollars the other day at smiths. We bought as many as we could store.

5. Use coupons for food products. We have found the best way to use them is combined with a sale. Most of the time, if you use a coupon without combining it with a sale, you will still be paying more than other brands, so be sure to watch for this. A great site for finding sales is called Pinching Your Pennies. They find coupons with sales and alert you as to what is the best deal available.

6. Always make extra for leftovers. This saves a tremendous amount of money and time by extending your shopping trips. We make excellent dinners with plenty of leftovers so that we can take them to work for lunch rather than eating out. We save tons of money that way not to mention that we normally eat better than we would had we gone out to eat. Have I emphasized enough that this can save you a ton of money!

7. Grow some of your own food. Amanda and I have an extremely small back yard. It is maybe 12 square feet. Every year we successfully grow tons of tomatoes which we later can into either salsa or canned tomatoes. Not only does it save you money, but it is also fun and you end up with completely organic food without paying the price you would in the grocery store. If you have a small space, be creative by using pots, small grow boxes and other things to help use the space wisely.

8. Stop buying junk food, sodas and prepared food. These are not only expensive, but unhealthy, therefore a waste of your hard-earned dollars. Learn to cook. It really isn’t as hard as some people think it is. If you have any cooking questions feel free to ask us and we will help you out.

9. Always shop with a grocery list and STICK TO IT so you don’t buy unnecessary or expensive items. Avoid spontaneous purchases and only buy the necessities or items already planned for.

10. Never shop hungry! Have you ever gone grocery shopping hungry? We have and we wanted to buy everything in sight because everything looked delicious! While you may not buy everything in sight it will increase your grocery bill.

If you follow these 10 simple steps you will find yourselves saving hundreds of dollars. Remember that the real key is to not let that money disappear into other meaningless expenses. Plan what you intend to do with that money and promise yourself you will not use it for any other purpose.

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