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Do you ever look at your grocery receipt and cringe a little? Let’s face it: food prices are going up, but that doesn’t mean we’re completely helpless. Get smart and show your grocery bill who’s boss with these practical tips.
Figuring out how to save money on your groceries can be a real challenge. As a guideline, try to set your food budget to be about 10 - 15% of your total take-home pay. For the average household, this gives enough wiggle room to have enough variety to keep your family from falling into a food rut.
Collect information. What is being spent on food and what is spent on non-food items? Save grocery receipts and total these to get the monthly costs.
Look at the types of food you are buying. Be a conscious shopper. How much of your grocery bill is for bottled water, snack (junk) foods, convenience foods, beverages, paper products and cleaning products. What changes can you make?
Set goals for yourself.
Start with small changes.
Grocery savings are hiding around every corner, but you have to know where to look.
While planning your list, keep the following in mind:
Yep, this step takes a bit of work, but taking even a little time to plan meals saves you time, money and frustration.
As a first step, download our menu planner sheet.
Don't feel like planning? Use one of our prepared Weekly Plans.
Scout out budget-friendly stores that have lower food prices or shop on discount days. Some grocery stores have 10% off your grocery bill on the first Tuesday of every month.
Find stores with good generic or store brands. Some stores brands are the exact same quality as the brand names, without the added cost.
Take twenty minutes and make a grocery list. Better yet, teach your kids to do it.
Use your shiny new menu plan and check:
If the amount of food waste in your home is a concern, do not worry. We put together tips on how to maximize using the food you have, to make sure it does not spoil or get thrown away.
Dining out or ordering-in meals can also increase food costs. Chart on a calendar how often you order prepared foods to become aware, and then make changes.
Here are some of our favourite, cost-effective recipes that can help you get started on your money-saving journey: