When you have several mouths to feed, the money that it takes to do so can really add up. Groceries are a must spend too. They aren’t like other items that you can go without. So it really does take some effort to spend as little as you can to feed your family. But when you do so, it does make a massive difference. Here are a few ideas for ways that you can save money on your food bill.
Meal planning is one of the best ways to save money. You can plan your meals around what there is in the house, meaning that you’ll only need to get a few things to add. It is a great way to use up what might be going out of date, or that needs to be used up in the freezer. So it is a great way to reduce how much food you waste, as well as how much you spend. It can mean that there is little leeway with what you eat and can be tricky if you have unexpected guests that call round. But all in all, it can save you quite a bit of money.
Use Up What is in the House
If you find that you are someone that looks in your cupboards and wonders what there is to eat in the house, then you need to get better at looking beyond the items by themselves. Then you’ll be able to make something out of the ingredients that you have in the house. For example, most easy pancake recipes only contain a few simple ingredients, like flour, eggs and water. By themselves, those things don’t look like they’d make much of a snack. But together, you could make some fluffy pancakes. It saves you having to go and buy a sweet treat and reduces the amount of food waste that you’d have. So check everything in your cupboards and get used to making things with what you’ve got.
Cook From Scratch
It can be so easy to just grab marinara sauce or get things like meatballs that are ready made for you. Though it takes a little more time, it can be so much cheaper to cook from scratch. Think about a tomato pasta sauce, for instance. Canned tomatoes, a piece of garlic and some herbs can be really inexpensive to buy and much better for you. Ready made sauces will be double the price, as well as being more unhealthy, as they’re more than likely filled with sugar and preservatives.
Make Enough For Leftovers
When you are making your meals, it is a good idea to use up all that you have, to make enough for leftovers. It will make the next night’s evening meal quick and easy, or you can even freeze it and save for another time. It won’t cost much more to get some more sauce or pasta, for example. But it will save you money in the long term.
What are your favorite ways to save on groceries?