Cut Your Grocery Costs with Meal Planning

Cut Your Grocery Costs with Meal Planning

Cut Your Grocery Costs with Meal Planning

Every time food goes bad in your refrigerator and must be thrown out, you are throwing away money spent on groceries, as well as the time and effort you spent purchasing them. There is one method that can cut your costs, time and effort at once with only minimal changes to your lifestyle and no alteration to your diet. Planning the week’s meals in advance and then shopping ensures you only purchase what will actually be consumed, and lowers your desire to purchase random items on impulse.

Start your meal planning by gathering your family. Anyone who will eat from the grocery items you purchase should get a say in what meals are planned. Even if your family eats at separate times, you can plan for the lunch they take to work or their late night snacking. Each family member should be responsible for coming up with a tasty dish for one dinner a week so everyone gets a say in what is eaten. Meal planning is a great way to teach nutrition and see if your family’s eating habits are properly balanced.

Once your meal plan is outlined, make your grocery list directly from it. Many of your meals will likely use the same ingredients, allowing you to purchase larger packages of basic ingredients for a lower cost. You also won’t have to visit the store once a day to buy the little extras you need for a particular meal. If you are truly courageous, plan your meals a month in advance and purchase food from a bulk retailer. As long as you repackage the 10 pounds of ground beef you just purchased, you won’t have to stop by the grocery store for a full month.

Stick to your list. Create a strict rule on how much of your weekly or monthly grocery budget goes towards sale or unplanned items. This allows you to stock up if an unexpected sale occurs, but prevents you from buying something no one will eat.

Finally, don’t be afraid to use the internet for meal planning. Many websites offer meal planning software that creates a printable automatic grocery list, or you can visit recipe sites for new meal ideas. Meal planning doesn’t have to mean eating the same meals each week if you get creative with your choices.


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