- This Time Round
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
Mr TTR and I truly LOVE food (lol and wine). BUT Groceries and Eating Out, is a definite place where one can usually cut back if trying to budget for awhile (easier to do if you have a short term goal than a long one)…
You can still eat well… just be more aware overall.
Have a plan, shop the specials, buy seasonal, know your products and what is a GOOD PRICE, think of stockpiling some items when they are on sale… buy in larger quantities (or make dishes ahead) and freeze things.
Cut down on the junk food and processed items… as these are always the most expensive things as are the “convenience items”… like those smaller sized Popcorns. My downfall is Potatoe Chips, I can buy a HUGE bag for around $ 3 whereas just a few bags in the 100 calorie format weigh a lot less, but COST A LOT MORE
Which is WHY it makes sense to buy things in bigger sizes sometimes. If you want to limit your intake, then you either need to display self-control (put down the bag)… OR open the bag, and count out how many would equal a 100 calorie portion, and bag them up on your own into ziploc baggies etc.
Same is true for cuts of meat… either buy a roast and cut steaks yourself, or buy a bigger quantity (say 6 pork chops in a package… known as a Club or Value Pack) and the pricing comes out to be a lot less than purchasing 6 chops seperately. Sure you have to take the time to repackage the chops into usuable portions when you get back home, but that isn’t a whole lot of effort, and the savings can be substantial.
Coupon clipping can also be done … BUT as you yourself has mentioned, it is more time consuming, including keeping all the coupons organized (not expired, and somehow catalogued). Overall couponing requires more time & research etc.
(I don’t do it much here in Canada because of the time needed to organize it… and besides we don’t get the BIG discounts for coupons like you do in the US… ala “Extreme Couponing”… so no 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x the face value here).
Far better IMO, is to join one of the Grocery Loyalty Programs. Mr TTR and I belong for example to the Food Lion one in the Southern USA (and Air Miles and PC Points here in Canada). You either have a “key tag” that gets swiped (or a membership card) whenever we shop there. At Food Lion we see the savings immediately… by getting better prices than the ones often offered on the aisle markers to the general public.
Hope this info is helpful,