Summer time is a great time to have fun but also a time where monthly expenses may raise. With all the kids home from school eating a bit more, not to mention the electric bill with the air conditioning or the extra expenses for the summer fun the bills can mount up. When most of us are on a budget and trying to make ends meet we start looking for way to cut corners. One way to do this is to cut the food budget and still eat great. Many believe this can not be done but if you make a plan and stick to the budget it is possible to trim the bills and catch up a bit.
To start with create a budget. You can save money simply by having a plan. Set a limit on the amount of money you will spend on groceries and stick to it. Create a weekly / monthly budget. Another great way to save on groceries is by using coupons.
Create a menu plan also helps stretch the budget. This saves time as well so those hot summer days when you are out and busy you will be able to know what supper will be. Another great thing is that those extra trips to the store will be unneeded. One expense is snacks. do away with junk food, snacks and other stuff and this will not only slash grocery bills but help you stay healthy as well. Drink water rather than soda will save you money as well. Look for good buys on meat and consider creating vegetable based meals once or twice a week.
Consider changing your shopping time. Shopping alone and one time a month may be the best. Prepare a shopping list and stick to it. Bulk shoppng for grocery and food items is often the cheapest way one can rely on to incur hefty savings. Buying items your family uses the most in bulk can help cute down your grocery bill.
Coupon shopping helps cut grocery bills. Taking a few cents off each item on the shopping list may lead to saving a portion of your grocery bill. Matching store sales with double coupons works even better. Wait for a sale and then use your coupon works great as well.
Store brands are normally cheaper as well. Many are just as good as those with brand names. Try them keep using the ones your prefer and notice how much they will save you in the pocketbook. Canned and frozen foods work great and have longer shelf life as well. Prepared foods come with a real expensive price tag.
Learn to use leftovers. in different ways. Preserve leftovers by putting in containers and use them for the next meal. Freeze them in the freezer instead of the fridge. Casserole meals make great leftovers and save dollars as well. Use leftover veggies in soups, salads, and more. If you question leftovers then they need toss. Our house only saves leftovers for 2 days 3rd day they are tossed out.
Planting a garden will save you money. You do not have to have a large area to have a garden. Do a quick search here on my blog and find lots of great ideas and recipes for gardening. Growing tomatoes, onions, garlic, pepper, broccoli, sprouts, beans and etc.... would be rewarding in saving money and add extra nutrition
Planning, clipping coupons, all takes a bit of time. The time can show up in saving money though in a way you are paying yourself.
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