Money Savings On Food To Help You Get Out Of Debt

by Steven on April 3, 2011

I do all the grocery shopping in my household so I understand just how hard it is to save money when grocery shopping. Here are some more tips you can use other than the basics of using coupons and using a list.

Thinking of cutting down your expenses on food? Then you should read the following tips. They will surely help you on reducing your food expenses. They are by no means comprehensive but they will be very useful.

For coffee drinkers

It is a good idea to re-use the grounded coffee once. Using coffee grounds two times or more will not greatly affect the taste of the coffee. It is highly encouraged to do this using a filter that is permanent and avoid the paper variety. Keep the grounds refrigerated until using it the following day.

For bread lovers

Grocery stores sell bread that was made the day before at a much lower price. There is nothing wrong with eating bread that was made the day before since it still is good to eat. If you have a lot of space in your refrigerator, store a lot for bigger savings. If you will eat the bread, you can defrost it using your microwave oven. Re-heat it every 30 seconds to prevent the edges of the bread from getting too hard.

When buying from the grocery

Before going to the grocery, you should have already made a list of all the things that you really need. Prioritize basic goods and avoid buying things that you do not really need. Observe the prices indicated on the displays. Remember, branded products cost considerably more than store brands. It is also a good idea to keep the receipt of your previous trip to the grocery and make it as a basis for your purchases on your next trip. To have higher savings, buy more of the product. You can always store it in your refrigerator or in the house to minimize your trips to the grocery store.

When eating outside

If you are going to eat in a pricey restaurant, the best time for you to go there would be during lunch. Food during lunch usually costs less and this will be to your advantage. When staying at the hotel on your trips, it is a good idea to check if they also include breakfast in your total room charge. You should also find out where the locals eat. Chances are, they will eat where the food is great and the price is even better. When going around, carry with you some snacks. A chocolate bar, chips, and cookies will go a long way while strolling around.

Eating cheaply does not necessarily mean eating bad food. Look around and you will be surprised at the options you can choose from. Take time and consider your choices so that you will not only eat a lot but save some money also.

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Angel Tuccy April 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I was able to reduce my grocery spending by 30% when I I started using a shopping list. I shop only for the items we need for the week and I don’t stock up when items are on sale. I don’t need to tie up my money by having large amounts of inventory in the garage or basement.
And just recently, I reduced the budget again when I discovered the dollar store. I have found the exact same items that I normally purchase at the grocery store for $2.99 are at the dollar store for $1.00.

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Steven April 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

The list is very important! When I started making a grocery list I also started saving on average 30%-40% on my weekly grocery shopping. I still grab a few items that aren’t on my list but before I had a list I would grab all types of stuff we didn’t need.

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Jan Cullinane, co-author The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your LIfe (Rodale 2007) April 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

1. Join some loyalty clubs. You can often receive coupons for “buy one get one entree free” at chains such as Ruby Tuesday, Perkins, and Bob Evans.
2. Box up half your meal when eating out – most meals have the equivalent of at least two servings – save half of your meal for later…you get two meals for the price of one.
3. Drink water when eating out. This saves a ton of money over the course of a year, and it’s better for you than soda, too.

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Steven April 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Jan, these are some excellent tips for saving money! I’ve recently started saving 1/2 my meal just to stop eating too much when I ate out. By doing that I’ve noticed that most restaurants do serve enough for 2 per plate.

I also took a look at your website and I would highly recommend my readers to check it out! Jan has some great info on their and make sure to check out the book!

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Rachel Assuncao, Health Coach April 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I have a few more suggestions to share for saving money on groceries. The first is to explore options outside the grocery store. Does your town have a farmer’s market? Do you live in an area where you can invest in Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs)? Are there other programs you can take advantage of like The Good Food Box? All of these options allow you to buy fresh, local produce for much less than they charge in the grocery store.

When you are making your grocery list, start with a meal plan and then build your shopping list based on what you need to make those meals. That way you buy only what you need, so you reduce waste.

And, as you are planning, consider cooking seasonal dishes – so you can take advantage of buying seasonal produce for less. Also, opt for vegetarian meals a couple of times a week. You can save a lot of money by skipping the meat sometimes.

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Steven April 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Dr. Potisk I totally agree with you…vegetables are probably the most important part of a meal. I’ve started preparing freshly picked green beans, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini and spinach.

I have more energy and I’m very REGULAR! That for use adults over 40. I also took a look at your website and I highly recommend my reader’s to go check it out…great information there!

I also live in Wisconsin!

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Steven April 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Rachel, your tips are great! Like you said making a list is important and will save money, but to take it a step further…make meal plans like you said and we can even save a lot more.

Farmer’s markets is the way to go, cheaper prices and better quality food.

I took a look at your website and you have some very valuable information on it and I recommend all of my readers to visit your website.

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