Feed Your Family On A Budget

By: Judyturner
We could save a lot of money if we just did not need to eat. Unfortunately, that is not an option. Eating is a very critical part of our well-being and is unavoidable. Therefore, shopping for food is a necessary part of living. There are many things we can do, however, to help cut the food bill and keep as much of our hard earned money in our pockets rather than in the merchant's cash register.

Here are just a few tips to help you save money when you shop for groceries.

1) Plan your menus: Whether you shop weekly, biweekly or monthly having your menus planned in advance will help you save both time and money. Check your pantry for items on the list that you already have. This will cut down on the unnecessary expense of purchasing an item you don't need.

2) Stay organized: Organizing your pantry and checking expiration dates will help determine what you need to stock up on.

3) Stick to your list: Be sure everything you need is on your list and stick to it. The only exception to this is if you find an unadvertised sale for items that you normally use.

4) Clip coupons: Combining grocery coupons with weekly sales can make a huge difference in your grocery bill. Watch the prices though because sometimes you will find another brand cheaper even without a coupon.

5) Cut back on meat: One or two meatless dishes a week is a great way to stretch your budget.

6) Buy in bulk: Stock up on big packs of meat and poultry and divide into meal size portions to freeze.

7) Be creative with leftovers: Finding creative ways to serve leftovers is a great way to stretch your budget.

8) Cook for a month: Set aside one Saturday a month and prepare all your meals for that month. You can cook them or just prepare them for cooking. Package them in freezer bags or air tight containers and store them in the freezer. This will save you money as well as much of your valuable time.

Use some or all of these tips to help you stretch your budget each month. Then you can use your hard earned money for more important things.
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