31 Ways To Save On Your Grocery Budget: BONUS TIP



So I meant to include this in with one of the “31 Ways To Save On Your Grocery Budget” tips and I forgot. Yeah, it happens. A lot lately! :)

Ever have a night where you are staring at your pantry looking at your inventory asking yourself, “What can I make with these things?” Well, here’s a website to check out.

It’s called “Super Cook.” You type in the ingredients you have on hand and it will pull up a few recipes you can make. Not only does it help you use what you have on hand, but it also helps you keep your meals fresh and new–keeping your family happy and your grocery budget lower!

You can check it out HERE.

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget (Without Coupons!) : Re-Cap


I hope that you have all enjoyed this series. I wanted to take a minute to re-cap what’s been posted:

TIP #1: – Create A GOOD Grocery Budget And Stick To It!

Tip #2 – Create a Weekly Menu Plan

Tip #3: – Have a “Low Inventory” List in your pantry /on fridge

Tip #4 – Inventory Often To Avoid Expired Food

Tip #5 – Shop With An Organized List That’s Listed By Store Aisle

Tip #6 – Never Shop Hungry–And Leave The Kids At Home

Tip #7 – Keep a Price Book

TIP #8 – Keep a Clean Fridge And Know What You Have On Hand

TIP #9 – Make Your Own Single-Serving Snacks

TIP #10 – Only Shop With Cash

TIP #11 – Use Your Leftovers

TIP #12- Use Proper Storage to Extend the Life of Your Food

TIP #13 – Create and Live Off a Stockpile

TIP #14 – Switch From Bottled Water To A Pitcher or Water System

TIP #15 – Skip Convenience Foods And Make Your Own

TIP #16 – Freezer or Once-A-Month Cooking

TIP #17 – Always Have a Quick Back-Up Meal On Hand

TIP #18 – Try To Work In Some Crockpot Cooking

TIP #19 – Use Recipes With Few Ingredients

TIP #20 – Be Creative And Make Your Own Restaurant Meals At Home

TIP #21 – Try The Store Brand Version of Products

TIP #22 – Try Alternate Stores Like Aldi’s or Warehouse Clubs Like Sam’s or Costco

TIP #23 – Buy Your Spices Elsewhere Or Grow Your Own

TIP #24 – Always Be On The Lookout For Great Store Deals That Don’t Need Coupons

TIP #25 – Simply Put, Use Everything!

TIP #26 – Consider Canning/Preserving Food

TIP #27 – Plant Your Own Garden

TIP #28 – Visit Pick-Your-Own Locations

TIP #29 – Shop At Local Farmstands And Farmer’s Markets

TIP #30 – Change Your Eating Habits, Take a Little, Go Back For Seconds

TIP #31 – Alternate Ways To Cut Meat Expenses

BONUS TIP – Use Supercook Website

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #31


TIP #31 – ALTERNATE WAYS TO CUT MEAT EXPENSES

For the longest time, I was horrible at thinking a meal wasn’t complete without a big side of a stand-alone meat. But I’ve since found out that I could save a lot of money by working meat and protein into meals in other ways.

For example, instead of just chicken with a side of veggies, we’ll have chicken alfredo. I actually use up less meat this way. We really don’t need big portions of meat to meet our daily allowances of protein.

I’ve also heard that you can buy lower grades of, say hamburger, and after they are cooked, rinse off all the fat. (Great article HERE on this.) This way, you can pay the cheaper price and still prevent yourself from taking in unnecessary fat!

Another way to get your protein recommendations in are actually through meatless meals, such as beans or peanut butter or even some dairy products like yogurt and cheese. And all of these things can usually be bought during great sales!

You honestly just have to get out of that thinking process that protein only comes from meat or that you need meals with big portions of meat. By cutting back on larger portions or finding alternate ways to obtain protein, you can save on your grocery budget.

Well, that’s the end of the 31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget (Without Coupons) Series. I hope that you have enjoyed it and possibly found some ways to make little cut-backs that will add up over time!

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #30


TIP #30 – CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS! TAKE A LITTLE, GO BACK FOR SECONDS.

We all hate to waste food. So when our plates are piled high, we feel the need to eat everything. Sometimes, even to the point of feeling sick. But by changing how much we initially put on our plates, can actually cut back on the cost of groceries.

How’s that? If we start with smaller portions on our plates, we may be less apt to go back for more. We’ll eat a little slower and enjoy our food and actually let our brain catch up with how much we are shoveling into our stomachs. It will actually send out a signal saying, “I’m full!”

By simply skipping seconds at most meals, you’ll eventually find that your current recipes might make enough for another complete meal or even just enough for a small lunch to have at home or take to work.

But for me, the best way I was able to kick the “too much eating” bad habit was by switching from dinner plates to appetizer plates. I use these as much as possible! We’ve been finding ourselves getting full on less and our minds are tricked into thinking we’ve eaten an entire plate of food! I found a great article HERE on How To Eat Proper Portions. It’s well worth the read!

By trying this simple little “mind trick,” not only will you be keeping off extra weight, but you’ll also save on your grocery budget.

Tune in tomorrow for the final Tip… #31.

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #29


TIP #29 – SHOP AT LOCAL FARMSTANDS AND FARMER’S MARKETS

When we first moved to our house, I was so elated to find an amazing farmstand right down the road from us. They honestly have the best sweet corn I’ve ever had! And their prices on vegetables were a steal! I am always sad when I see them close up shop for the winter. I enjoy the incredibly fresh veggies all summer/fall. (It really makes it hard to go back to store-bought!) They also have little baskets of discounted veggies that may have the smallest bruise on them that are just fine if you use them right away.

Also, several towns have what they call Farmer’s Markets. Some are weekly. Some monthly. But it’s just a gathering of all sorts of people selling things from produce to Tupperware to fresh flowers to PIE! I’ve heard that the best times to visit these are right before closing as they are sometimes willing to mark things down more so they don’t have to transport them back again. (Though, you take a risk of only being able to buy what’s leftover.)

By taking advantage of Farmstands and Farmer’s Markets you not only get fresher food and are supporting local farmers, but you can also save on your grocery budget.

Tune in tomorrow at 9AM for Tip #30.

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #28


TIP #28 – VISIT “PICK-YOUR-OWN” LOCATIONS

Last year, Nathan and I went blueberry picking. We had so much fun! I told him that we’d make this an annual event! I went back a second time and spent most of one morning picking enough for our pancakes/waffles over the winter.

We also go apple picking in September/October, as well. We’ll have plenty of apples for snacks, pies, applesauce, etc. They also have activities there for the kids and we make a big family outing out of it, meeting up with my sisters and their kids, too!

And last year, we just started a new one of picking out pumpkins for Halloween at farms, rather than at a store. What I love about this is that you are helping to directly support a farmer rather than giving some of the profit to the stores.

Not sure where there’s a location by you? You can try this site HERE and see if they have one on their list.

Not only are pick-your-own locations fun family time but you also can save money on your grocery budget, as well!

Tune in tomorrow at 9AM for Tip #29.

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #27


TIP #27 – PLANT YOUR OWN GARDEN

This has to be one of the funnest ways to save on your grocery budget! :) Gardening can be a great activity for both you and your kids to enjoy. They get to learn how putting work into something yields “fruit.” Even if you have limited space or are in an apartment, you can consider trying some container gardening. We did some container gardening for cherry tomatoes last year. Nathan loved it!

Planting a garden is not only fun but it saves on your grocery budget!

Tune in tomorrow at 9AM for Tip #28.