Many people say that they would be rich if they didn’t have to buy food. Food can be expensive, particularly if you have a lot of mouths to feed. What’s more is we get used to buying specific brands of tined tomatoes for example, that cost a lot more than other very similar products.
So how can we save money on food, while still enjoying what we eat? After all, there’s no point buying cheaper products if they don’t taste that nice is there? The good news is that we can all save money on food, without having to compromise on taste and quality.
Buying cheaper products
You may be interested to know that some cheaper supermarket own-label brands are made in the very same factory as the more expensive brands. For example, the cheap thick ketchup that you love could be made in the very same place as the value brand. The value brand is cheaper simply because it’s not as thick, as the more expensive, but it will still taste the same.
Cheaper products can often be just as good as the more expensive ones, so it’s worth your while checking them out. Of course, not every single cheaper product will be as good as those that cost a little more, but you’ll be surprised at how many are.
Shopping around is a sure-fire way for you to see what’s on offer, and what is sold a little cheaper elsewhere. You can usually find a lot of difference in the prices of everyday groceries in a number of different supermarkets. There are 4 supermarkets in my small town, and I know which one sells the cheapest fruit, and which one sells the cheapest bread. Knowing what you can get and where you can get it from, can potentially save you approximately $5-10 a week.
When it comes to shopping around, you can also use the same money-saving methods when you’re buying other products too. For example, Cloud Nine Straighteners may be $10 cheaper in one store than they are in another, so knowing where you can save cash, will help your bank balance.
Using up your leftovers
I always use up my leftovers, you know why? Because I can usually make another meal out of it or I can enjoy the leftovers alongside other food. For example, I had some chili leftovers in my refrigerator, so the next day I had it with some salad and a jacket potato. Although I was not able to create a whole meal out of my leftovers, I was at least able to enjoy it the next day.
Using up the food you have in stock
One of the best things that you can do to lower your monthly grocery bill, is to use up the food you have in stock. My mother in law goes out and buys groceries each week, without knowing what she has in the cupboards at home. Suffice to say, she usually has a lot more food in than she really needs. My wife and I like to use up the food that we have in stock, because we usually have a lot more food than we realize, and we therefore save money on our grocery bill when we do venture out to the supermarket.
As you can see, there are some great and relatively easy ways that you can save money on food. Why not think about using the above tips as you’ll soon see your bill drop quite dramatically.