No, this isn’t an article on how you can be an extreme couponer! You’re a mom who probably works and frankly, doesn’t have time to purchase coupon packets from couponers or shop at 12 grocery stores either. The real reason for this article is that the average family spends around $6000 a YEAR on groceries! While I love to shop, I don’t particularly love to spend money on groceries and am always looking for ways to save it on my food bill. Turns out, saving money on groceries takes a little practice and preparation, but it’s not difficult! Take a look at our list and get saving.
1. Meal Plan
We’ve started this list with the most difficult (in my opinion) and that’s to actually plan your meals. If you head to the grocery store without a menu for the week, you’re going to end up making multiple trips because you don’t have all the ingredients written down. You’re also likely to purchase items that may go to waste because you changed your mind when you get home. Save yourself time and money by sitting down and mapping out the week to avoid expensive purchases. A great tool you can use to help plan your meals is E-Meals (it’s even endorsed by Dave Ramsey!). You can select your family makeup and food preferences, and E-Meals will send you weekly meal plans, complete with shopping lists AND the grocery stores in your areas with the best deals on those items. The cost is $5 a month and well worth it!