How to Cut Down On Your Food Bill
The cost of everything seems to be on the rise, the cost of food included. There are ways that you can cut down on your food bill to help save some money. Not all of these tips will work for everyone, but follow some and you will see a difference the next time that you go to the store.
The cost of meat has gone up considerably. Many experts are saying go vegetarian, it will save you plenty of money. Not everyone is willing to give up meat however. Instead of completely going vegetarian, try having one or two days a week where you cut out meat to save. This way you still have meat in your diet, but you are saving money on how much you are spending on it.
It is nice to have frozen premade meals to throw into the oven when you get home from work, but per serving they are much more expensive. Instead you should buy fresh food, and spend a day making up meals that you can freeze. That way when you want to just pop something into the oven instead of taking the time to cook you have something in the freezer that cost a lot less than those frozen meals.
You should consider cutting alcohol out of your diet. Not only is it not good for you, but it can be quite expensive. Having a drink now and then is not necessarily a bad thing, but there is no need to drink a lot, or every night.
It is a good idea to keep a list of what you have in your freezer. This way you can use what you have in there. Too often we forget that we have something in there until we do not have anything to go with it, then by the time we get something to go with it and remember we have it, it has become freezer burned and it is no good. This is just wasteful. If you keep a list of what is in your freezer you can plan your meals better and you will not waste as much food.
Meal planning is a good way to help save money. This way you know what you have, what you need, and you will use up the things in your cupboard. This will help you too keep track of and use up what is in your cupboard so that nothing expires and gets thrown out.
Many experts say that you should wait until you have just about nothing left in your cupboards, fridge, and freezer before you go to the store again. Some people do not seem to understand why. This is because it forces you to use up all the food you have before you bring more into the house. If you bring more food in before you use up all your food, then you may not use it before it expires causing you to waste food.
There are many more ways that you can save money your food bill every time that you go in. Look for sale items and coupons; these will help you save too. If you follow the tips above you will save money without having sales and coupons, having them will just be a bonus! It does not have to be hard to save money on your food bill; it just takes a little bit of thought and work.