When it comes time to trim the budget, the easiest place to start is with food. No matter where your food budget is, there are always ways to cut down and save some money.
However, saving money doesn’t necessarily mean you have to turn to all-canned or overly processed foods. There are plenty of ways to save money on groceries while still providing nutritious meals for both you and your loved ones.
Here are some easy and painless ways you can start saving on your food budget today:
1. Shop Your Pantry First
Before you run off to the store, take stock of what you already have. Not only will it save you from accidentally buying something you already have, but it can help you use up what you have in your meal plan.
You might be surprised by what you already have in your pantry and freezer. If you need to save some serious cash, you might be able to do a “no-spend challenge” and skip the grocery store altogether!
2. Create a Meal Plan
Take a few minutes to come up with a meal plan and create a grocery list before hitting the grocery. Take into account what you found in your pantry to buy only what you truly need from the store. You automatically bring down the cost of groceries when you only buy what is necessary.
A meal plan does not have to be complicated! When you’re on a budget, you may need to readjust what you view as a meal. Frittatas with leftover veggies, a big salad, or quesadillas are all simple and frugal meals that will keep everyone satisfied.
3. Check Out Digital Deals
One of the easiest ways to instantly start saving money is Stater Bros. Market’s Digital Deals. With ready to use and clip to save coupons there’s an extensive collection of savings available!
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4. Eat Before You Go to the Store
If you show up hungry at the store, suddenly everything will become irresistible! You might find a few snacks may end up in your cart despite your best intentions.
Avoid any temptation by filling up at home before you hit the store. You’ll find you have much better willpower with a full stomach.
5. Select the Right Amount of Meat
Meat can be a real budget-buster. Visit our meat counter and select exactly the amount of meat you need instead of choosing from our prepackaged selections.
Even if you are not vegetarian, consider having one or two meat-free meals a week. You might be surprised to find how easy it can be. Use eggs or a healthy whole grain as the center of your dish instead!
6. Buy in Bulk (Where it Counts)
Buying in bulk can save you a lot of money if you do it right. Decide what staples you and your family actually use before purchasing in bulk. Try to get things that won’t go bad quickly, such as frozen chicken or oatmeal, to make sure they last as long as possible.
Take advantage of sales and buy in bulk when prices are at their lowest. We’ve got bulk items listed each week in our weekly ad so you can take advantage of a variety of deals on your favorite foods!
7. Grow What You Can
You don’t have to have an acre of land to grow your own food. Even a patio can be used to grow herbs or potted tomatoes. Consider what you have and make a gardening plan. If you’re new to gardening, try some of these easy to grow veggies:
You can even try your hand at canning your veggies so you can enjoy them all year long!
8. Leave the Kids at Home
Children don’t understand budgets: when they see something, they want it! Unless you want to deal with meltdowns or extra goodies in your cart, consider leaving them at home. It’ll make the shopping process easier for you and your budget.
Stick to Your Budget and Health Goals
Healthy food doesn’t have to break the bank. If you make a plan and stick to it, you can trim your budget while still making delicious meals at home. Give these tips a try today, and start to save some serious cash!