The grocery bill is one of the biggest outlays you can have each week, but the only one that you have complete control over. Scary, isn’t it? However, while the grocery bill can spiral out of control if you are not careful, there are things that you can do that can help reduce it down. So what can you do? Here are some frugal mom hacks that will help you cut that grocery bill down to something more affordable without you losing out.
1. Plan your meals
One of the first things you can do is plan your meals. This might seem obvious, but not many people strictly take on this habit. But it can significantly reduce your food spending. Allocate yourself a little bit of time to sit with your tablet and recipe books and seek out some recipes you want to try. Then make a note of the things you need on a shopping list along with your weekly essentials. It cuts out any impulse purchases.
2. Shop your cupboards, freezer, and refrigerator
You might be surprised to learn what you already have at home, so take time to create an inventory of what you have in the cupboards as well as the freezer and refrigerator. On a week where you want to save as much money as possible, you could look at what meals you can create out of the ingredients you already have. Planning the meals and then only buying what you need.
3. Think about where you shop
Sometimes a simple change of location and shop can bring the cost of your grocery bill down. Some shops will sell things cheaper than others or offer a different value range for the money. Why not give it a go and see for yourself?
4. Avoiding the big brands
Many people can be brand loyal, so it might be time to look at how you can switch to store your own brands instead. Many products don’t have much difference in taste or flavor. Some brands simply charge more just for the name and packaging, so think about this the next time you are looking at the aisles and wondering what to buy.
5. Batch cooking
Batch cooking can make a big difference to your purse as well as your lifestyle. We have all been there where we have been struggling on what to make, so to have an option in the freezer ready to go can make a big difference. Batch cooking means you make two meals out of ingredients and can reduce your grocery bill in the future.
6. Buying in bulk
Batch cooking means buying in bulk for certain things, but you can make a significant saving overall by doing so. Ingredients such as vegetable boxes, meat, pasta, and rice in bulk can go a long way. Spending a day batch cooking tose ingredients or preparing them for the refrigerator or freezer can also save time and money.
I hope these six tips help you to cut your grocery bill in half or more.