As much as you can cut costs in other areas of your life, you’re always gonna have to eat! This necessary expense means you probably have to find ways to save money on food if you want to stick to your budget. Some of our favorite blogs covered this topic over the past week, so look no further for some great tips on lowering your food costs!
Bulk stores (like Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJs) are tempting places to stock up your shopping cart. It can seem like you’re getting great deals since you’re buying so much - but this guest post on The Broke and Beautiful Life points out some of the problems with shopping at club warehouse stores. First, you have to shell out money for a membership just to go inside. Then, you’re drawn into overbuying because there’s an illusion of a bargain. This post suggests actually buying the smallest quantities possible at other retailers; if you find a good coupon, you could increase your savings by a lot!
Dining out is always fun (but not necessarily for your wallet!). The Centsible Life put together a helpful list of 25 tips that can help you keep your restaurant spending in check. Try things like eating during the early bird specials, splitting entrees with your dinnermates, using coupons, or utilizing your credit card rewards for dining discounts. Even just being more conscious of how much you’re spending can help you cut costs!
Like most shoppers you probably race through your grocery store shopping without giving the errand much thought. However, The Frugal Navy Wife notes that being aware of your store’s layout can actually help you cut food costs. If you walk blindly through the store without knowing where certain items are, you’ll most likely end up adding tons of items you don’t need to your cart. If you keep a list of exactly what you need and only hit up those aisles, you could end up saving a lot of money!
One of the biggest ways you can save money on food is by planning your meals ahead of time. Moms by Heart actually created an easy meal plan and shopping list that allows you to stick to a budget of just $1 per person! This post includes recipes, a detailed shopping list, and coupons you can use to save on some of the ingredients! With items like Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas, Slow Cooker Jambalaya, and Honey Baked Chicken, your stomach will be as happy as your wallet!
High food costs can definitely be a problem when you’re away from home as well. The Penny Hoarder compiled some super helpful tricks for saving money on food when you’re traveling. They suggest carrying your own snacks, hitting up happy hour, and eating where students eat (since they’re always on a budget!). If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy local cuisine without draining your bank account!