What's For Dinner?
Make dinner time, family time!
Article – 8 Smart Grocery Shopping Tips
Spending too much on groceries can quickly eat up your monthly food budget. Below you'll find eight useful tips that are easy to put into practice and that can help you to keep more of your hard earned money in your pocket.
Instead of buying these overpriced convenience meals, freeze
your leftovers or put together your own frozen meals.
Then, when you need something for dinner or would like something to eat, you'll have several delicious meals to choose from that are not only cheaper but also better for you.
Even if you only save a dollar a week using coupons, you'll
still end up saving over 40 dollars for the year.
Steer clear of using coupons for things you don't need or don't usually buy.
Only use coupons for things you are going to purchase anyway and only when you really are getting a good deal.
If you shop at a store long enough you will be overcharged
at some point, probably several times.
Make sure this doesn't happen to you by paying attention to what the store charges you and by bringing mistakes to the attention of the cashier whenever you see them.
Another way to save money on food is to buy the store brand
or off brand of things you buy on a regular basis such as
ketchup, mustard, cereal, and canned goods.
The money that you save by switching will add up over time, and you may find that you can't tell much if any difference between some of the off or store brands and the higher priced name brands.
Give less of your money to the grocery store by grating your
own cheese and carrots and shredding your own lettuce.
Also cut and marinate your own meats and cook up your own hamburger patties instead of buying the packaged ones.
Kids can help you to add unneeded items to your cart.
If you find yourself often caving into them, leave them at home with your spouse and get the grocery shopping done yourself.
You could make it a point to shop on Saturday or Sunday
after your family breakfast.
You could also keep a non perishable food item in your glove compartment such as pretzels or dried fruit so that you'll have something to snack on before you begin your grocery shopping if you're feeling hungry.
Planning out your meals can help you to eliminate or cut
down on purchasing groceries you don't need.
It can also help you to stop making extra trips to the grocery store in search of something to make for dinner.
If you're busy and find it hard to have regular family dinners, planning your meals can also make your dinner time more enjoyable by getting your loved ones together to talk and have quality time together.
About the author
For more of Ken's articles, useful articles from other writers, and a list of online meal planning services visit Ken's site at http://cookingnfood.blogspot.com