Saturday, September 21, 2013

#IncreasingSavingsPower through #PracticalShoppingTips

I recommend 2 bloggers: @BlissDomestic & @TheBudgetDiet. Both wrote practical 2012
posts: #CutYourGroceryBillInHalf.  

I hear all the time "I can't make ends meet as it is, there is no way I can save."  That's why I'm so excited about this -- you can definitely cut what you spend on food by $100 - $200 - $300 a month, depending on your family size, and eat better than you eat now!

Here's some of the top tips from these bloggers:

  • Keep a record of what you currently spend for food.  Include EVERY trip to the store. Challenge yourself to cut that in half by doing these things:
  • Avoid splurge purchases.  Plan your meals in advance, emphasizing items on sale.  Make a list of the needed ingredients and shop from that.  
  • The longer time period you shop for, the more you can stock up on sales and make your supply last until the next sale.
  • Look at the price per unit.  Sometimes there is a special on smaller sizes and you are better off buying more of them.
  • Be willing to buy in quantity and break the items down into individual sizes at home where you will freeze them until the time you plan to use them.  Yes, this takes time, but usually less time than multiple trips to the store in a month will take.
And the Number One tip!

  • Leave your children home with your spouse, a grandparent, or another responsible adult when you shop.  You will cut way down on impulsive purchases if you do.

  • You will want to check both blog posts for the links they give with sample meal plans, cook books, couponing aids, like-minded bloggers, and much more.

    You can link to them from their Pinterest accounts:

    Searching Pinterest for "Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half" will lead you to even more great ideas.

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