Have you ever wondered, “Why is my grocery bill so high?” Come on! I can’t be the only one. Sometimes I wonder where all our food goes! Cutting the food budget can be difficult, especially if you have picky children or children with allergies. I’ve found some easy ways to cut your grocery budget. I have used them at my home and am enjoying the savings! You can always use that extra money to pamper yourself. Or pay bills. But the last option isn’t as much fun. Use these tips to add variety to meals with leftovers and creative cooking strategies.
Easy Ways to Cut Your Grocery Budget
1. Making fresh omelets
If you look in your fridge and see there aren’t enough leftovers to make a full meal; make omelets. Have a few pieces of ham, a chunk of cheese, a couple of eggs? How about some chopped veggies? There is no need to go to the store and buy more food. Bonus: each meal will be slightly different, since you are using different ingredients, giving you lots of variety. Since omelets are custom made, it’s easy to add more of each kid’s favorite ingredients too.
2. Shop food stores or Farmer’s Markets at closing time
Going to a market or independently owned food store near the end of the day can mean deals of up to fifty percent or more. With lots of fresh food, fruit, vegetables and breads,especially, it needs to be used soon. This means that in the last half an hour of selling time the owners of the stalls will be more likely to get rid of any remaining product. They save money by not having to throw it out. As a buyer, you’ll be able to pick up expensive varieties of food much cheaper. I used the strategy at our farmer’s market and found bags of gourmet mushrooms, regularly priced at $8.99 a pound, marked down to $1.99 for a large bag.
3. Homemade soup
Another great way to use left overs is by making soup. All it takes is a few spare vegetables, carrots or potatoes and a few pantry staples. All you need to do is chop them up, add some stock and seasonings, plus more liquid till it is to your liking. If you have leftover meat, it can be added is well. Not only can it be a lovely lunch on a cold day or an impressive starter but it will also be cheaper than anything that can be bought in stores.
4. Cheap meat
When going to a large store or a butcher shop, there is often a large variety of meat on display, much of which, many people are not aware of what it is. Some of this can be the cheaper ranges of meat, which some may see as lower quality than steak. However the fattier meats, often considerably cheaper than prime cuts, can be great if used in the right way. The best way to use this meat is in casseroles, or any other type of slow cook recipe. It’s much cheaper. Love steak but want to get it cheaper? Ask your local grocer what time they mark meat down. (The stores in our area usually do this very early in the morning.) It’s then I grab my boneless, skinless chicken breasts, steaks and roast.
5. Store brand items
Large Grocery chains often have their own brand products. Although some products are lower quality than the established brands, some have essentially no difference in quality. Canned goods like beans or carrots, usually taste the same. Since not all store brand food is the same quality, try several different brands to find a preferred choice.
What are your easy tips for cutting the grocery budget?