- Plan your meals. Save cash (and time) by thinking ahead about dinner for the next five to seven days. Make a shopping list from the weekly ads, stick to your list, and stick to your budget. A product sale cycle is 4-6 weeks, so buy enough to last until the next sale cycle.
- Plan ahead instead of “need shopping”. Check your cupboard, fridge, and freezer and jot down what you need before you go to the store. Keep a running list of items you run out of during the week. Buy groceries, cleaning supplies, paper products, toiletries, & over the counter drugs, when on sale & before you need them. Now, you can “shop” from your pantry!
- Buy produce in season. In-season produce is usually less expensive and better tasting. Frozen plain vegetables (no sauce/chemicals) are great for last minute. When frozen veggies are on sale, buy more than you need for that one week.
- Buy meat on sale. Meat and poultry can keep in the freezer for at least 6 months, so stock up when the prices are good. Buy enough to last until the next sale cycle. (Fall/Winter has more sales on roasts and beef | Spring/Summer the sales are chicken and hamburger) Bonus: You’ll always have a last-minute meal on hand.
- Remember: Convenience costs. Pre-chopped vegetables and pre-cooked deli items may save time, however, they are almost always more expensive than the “do-it-yourself” version. The exception to this rule is when you are short on time. (Time saves you money and money buys you time)
- Buy ahead. Stock up (ideally a 6 month supply) on paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, toiletries, & cleaning products (non-perishables) when they are on sale and before you need them. (Grocery store sales can be lower priced than the Bulk stores like Costco or Sam’s Club)
- Eat your leftovers. Cut down on food waste by “recycling” last night’s meal into tonight’s delicious one. (When food is thrown away it is a waste of money)
TO REVIEW: Plan ahead, only buy sale items, stock up to shop from your pantry & freezer.
Written By: Dawn Davis, I Am So A Mom Contributor
I am a Faith-filled, happy wife, grateful grandmother, craft coach, who wants to make a difference, live for others, & share this journey.
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