Saving Money on Food




When it comes to saving money on food, one of the first things to do is to have a food budget. If you already have one, examine and analyze it. After looking at it, think about where you can buy cheaper groceries, how to reduce food wastage and other ways to save money on food without having to compromise your nutritional needs.

Look also at what not to spend on. There are certain foods and drink items that have low nutritional value and that you can live without or to reduce your intake. Examples are like high calorie soft drinks, alcohol, cookies, ice creams and candies. If you have children, this is one of ways to teach them about living frugal, being health conscious and budgeting.


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If you really want to reduce your grocery expenses, shop at stores like WalMart and Costco. There are thousands of products and produce available at low prices. You can reduce your regular grocery bills up to 20 percent. You should also start looking into using coupons to save money, if you haven't done that yet, and buy food like cheese and noodles when they are on sale.


When it comes to meat, poultry, eggs, vegetables and fruits, buy them from the farmers market. They are cheaper and fresh. Buy a whole chicken instead of cut pieces and meat in bigger quantity. Apportion and freeze them. It takes some additional work but when you look at the money you save, that should motivate you.


Another smart way to work out your food budget and reduce the high cost of your food expenses is to plan your meals in advance. Then shop according to your plan. You can buy a whole chicken and prepare different dishes out of it each day. To save time, cook a dish where you can use the leftover for your breakfast, lunch or dinner the next day.


Here's another saving money on food tip, reduce your dining out habit. Being a single woman, it's always more convenient to eat out than cook for one. And there are of course so many restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets offering varieties to choose from. The trouble is, it also drains your wallet.


Why don't you calculate the amount of money you spend on eating out and work out your savings if you were to cook your own meals? If you feel like giving yourself a treat once in a while, look for special dining offers, try a new place or food that you've never tried before.


Become a smart shopper, get creative and explore your options. Over a period of time, a dollar save here and a dollar there will come up to a substantial amount.




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