If you only had $300 a month to allocate on food for a family of four, could you do it? What sort of food items would you still buy and what would stay tauntingly on the store’s shelves ?
Do you think it’s possible to save on food ? How about $50 or $100? Possibly you could reduce your expenses by virtually 50% if you consider some of the following approaches :
First you must divide the budget you have into three different sections ; weekly, bi-weekly and monthly. After you have successfully accomplished that , try to figure out a way to make it work . If you budgeted too tight, only then consider how much more you really need to spend .
Second, decide which foods you use on a weekly schedule ; milk, bread, fruits . These items are your fall back when your family becomes hungry between meals and for snacks . You can load up every week and always have a healthy snack available . This should run you about $15/week .
Thirdly, identify your BI-WEEKLY needs ; things like lunch meats, eggs, cheese etc . Try maybe $20 or $30 every two weeks. Go for leaner cuts of meat like chicken and prok as they are usually cheaper than beef.
Fourth, get the rest of your food items at one store . Only bring enough cash to pay fot items listed (to avoid the desire of over spending) and work out your shopping list ahead of time . Many times you will only need to actually do this once as most of the items (Cereal, meat etc.) are going to be purchased at regular recurring intervals . Other items (sugar, flour etc.) may be added every other month. In this example you have $200 left.
Fifth, create a list of dinner recipes that you can alternate between . Cheap, healthy meals like stir fry can be cost efficient as they use less meat than full pieces of chicken or beef for dinner . Plan to have a meat meal offset by a simpler dish like pasta every other night. By doing this you will accomplish two things. first you’ll have a better meal variety and secondly, you won’t use up all the good dinner ideas the first week leavinf you family complaining the second week as you feed them hamburger helper every night .
Another obvious thing that will help you lower your grocery costs but in worth mentioning is to always be on the hunt for free kroger coupons .
It should be obvious by now that the $300 suggestion will differ based on your families size, needs , the age of your children and how much your budget exactly allows. Whatever your budget , taking the time to think up a plan of attack and thinking about your choices will help you to keep more money in the bank for other important things.
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