I am sure many of you are entering the new year with specific goals in different areas of your life or a “vision” for the year. You can check out my tips on goal setting and vision boards here if you are still wanting to create some: Vision Boards & Goal Setting: Top 5 Tips. One of our family goals this year is to spend less money on groceries and be more aware of what we are actually spending on food. It can be shocking how much money goes towards grocery items when there are so many different ways to keep the cost minimum.
I thought it would be fun to share 10 tips or considerations when focusing on the cost of food. I will say it takes a little more planning on the back end, but is definitely worth it if it is something you are wanting to do!
I would love to know one of your goals you are focusing on this year!
1.Shop At Affordable Places
Depending where you live, there are different options or places that provide more affordable prices. Know what stores are in your area and shop where you can get the most bang for your buck!
2. Plan Out ALL Meals (Weekly/Monthly)
Planning your meals for the week will help you avoid purchasing unnecessary items. Decide what your family is going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on a weekly basis or monthly (if you like to see the big picture). Although planning takes time, it is worth it to know exactly what you are purchasing and eating for the week!
Also having a visual posted for family members to reference is extremely helpful!
3. Use Similar Ingredients (weekly basis)
As you plan your weekly meals, try and use similar ingredients to get the most out of your purchase. For example, we are making carnitas this week and are using the meat for salads, nachos, and a veggie plate. Be creative with the ingredients you are purchasing and see how you can use them more than one way!
4.Look At Generic
A lot of times generic brands have the exact same ingredient list as popular brands. If you are able to get items you love in a generic version, it will definitely save you money…and add up!
Knowing what is in season will help minimize your produce costs. Anything not in season will naturally cost more. Consider planning meals based off seasonal crops or look into frozen for non-seasonal items!
Stay tuned for the next five tips and considerations! What are some things that work for you and your family when it comes to grocery shopping?
Sending light and love!