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Eating On A Budget

Aug 12, 2008
Just imagine how much money we would have at the end of each month if we did not need to budget for groceries. However, we all need to eat so we can't get rid of that expense. There are many things we can do however, to cut costs every time we go to the grocery store.

Here are just a few ideas to help you hold on to more of your money every time you shop.

1) Plan your menus: Whether you shop weekly, biweekly or monthly having your menus planned in advance will help you save both time and money. Check your pantry for items on the list that you already have. This will cut down on the unnecessary expense of purchasing an item you don't need.

2) Stay organized: Organizing your kitchen and checking expiration dates will help determine what you have and what you need to put on your shopping list.

3) Stick to your list: Be sure everything you need is on your list and stick to it. The only exception to this is if you find an unadvertised sale for items that you normally use.

4) Clip coupons: Combining grocery coupons with weekly sales can make a huge difference in your grocery bill. Watch the prices though because sometimes you will find another brand cheaper even without a coupon.

5) Cut back on meat: One or two meatless dishes a week is a great way to stretch your budget.

6) Buy in bulk: Stock up on big packs of meat and poultry and divide into meal size portions to freeze.

7) Be creative with leftovers: Finding creative ways to serve leftovers is a great way to stretch your budget.

8) Make your own frozen dinners: There are several cookbooks and websites with tips on cooking in bulk. Set aside some time each month to prepare extra meals. Package them in freezer bags or air tight containers and store them in the freezer. Not only will this save you money, but it will keep you from ordering takeout on days that you are just too tired to cook.

By using some or all of these tips you will definitely see a big difference in your budget each month. Start putting the money you save in the bank or use it to pay off your other debt.
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