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Learn To Save Money On Food

Mar 28, 2008
Learning to save money is perhaps one of the most important skills a person can learn and if you don't learn it early on in life, you will probably really regret it later. There are a lot of ways to do it and there is a lot to memorize, but once you learn the basics, you'll come up with your own ways to save a little cash here and there.

When it comes to food, it is easier to save money than you may think. One of the first things you need to learn is that generic or store brands are often just as good as their national brand counterparts and you will pay significantly less for them. This is especially true for items like pasta. Something else to keep in mind is when pantry and other non-perishable items go on sale, stock up on them, especially if you use them on a regular basis.

Try to plan out meals in advance so you will know what you need at the store when you get there. If there is a particular food item that you use a lot of, avoid buying small packages of it and buy large ones instead. Buying in bulk will usually cost you significantly less money per ounce. Buy one, get one free deals are especially good to take advantage of, so when you see something that you know you or your family will eat and it isn't going to expire any time soon (or your family will eat it before it does), snatch it up. Getting these items stocked up in your pantry whenever you get a chance will help you make sure you have food in the cabinet if hard times ever come calling.

You should also beware of store sales, since many times when a lot of things in a grocery store are on sale, they will raise the price of other necessary items in the store like milk and bread to make up for some of the difference.

One of the greatest overall ways to save money on food is to learn to cook with fresh ingredients. If all you know how to do is hit the "start" button on the microwave, you will be spending huge amounts of money on pre-processed meals that are either frozen, out of a can, or out of a box. Most of these are very unhealthy and are more expensive than if you had bought the ingredients you needed to make it yourself.
About the Author
Rachel Yoshida is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of cash advances and payday loans, particularly in the state of Ohio.
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