How’s food shopping going these days? A bit expensive, isn’t it? Yes, it seems everything from meat to dairy is going up in price. Even staples like canned vegetables are increasing. Some of this is due to shortages of crops and animal products. The rest is due to the business of food retail in the market.
Thing is, you have a tight budget, and every time food prices rise, it means something else in your budget needs to go down in order to accommodate the expense. Throw in a few children, who tend to eat 24 hours a day, and your young family can spend a good deal of cash each week. You feel there has to be a way to pare down the food budget.
Well, there are a few more things you can do besides the ones we’ve already mentioned in previous blog entries. Below are some which should save you a few dollars.
1. Use everything in your house before you shop. Save for essentials like butter, milk, sugar, and flour, our guess is you have food in your home, especially in your freezer, which hasn’t been touch in months. And while it lingers in your freezer and cabinets, you buy more food. Don’t keep doing this. Before you go on another shopping trip, take a look at what food you have left, go to your cookbooks or the Internet, and find a meal or two which can be made with the items you already have. You’d be surprised on how much you can stretch.
2. Go on a Friday night. We’re not sure why, but many supermarket chains provide deep discounts on meat, produce, and various other items on Friday nights. Perhaps it’s an effort to clear out shelves before restocking or to sell product where the Best Buy date is fast approaching. Either way, you can purchasing much more when your local supermarket does this. Look carefully, and you can find discounted hamburgers, fried chicken, sandwiches, prepackaged apples, and many more offerings.
3. Grow it at home. Yes, it’s winter. Yes, it’s cold. But your house, hopefully, is nice and warm. Particularly if you have rooms where windows provide natural light and warmth from the sun. These are rooms where you should be able to grow some basic vegetables and herbs. No, you don’t have to cut a hole out of the floorboards and fill the area with dirt … unless you want to. You can purchase seeds and full plants from greenhouses which specialize in produce which is grown inside the home. You just have to make sure you take care of them properly and find appropriate light when those cold and cloudy days emerge.
Hopefully, we’ve provided enough advice for you to stop taking money from other budget categories for the food budget. Don’t worry, we’ll find more tips for you at a later date.