Food is really expensive these days. I’m old enough to remember when you could buy a box of cereal without a coupon for a $1.00. Last time I was in Kroger there were some cereals that were $5.99 a box. And that wasn’t for a healthier Kashi cereal. No, that was for Cinnamon Toast Crunch. (I didn’t buy it!)
I get asked about budgeting and eating healthy. It really can be a challenge to eat healthy and save money at the same time. It’s great to use coupons, but if you are like me, many of the coupons in the circulars are for foods we don’t eat. If you don’t eat much processed foods, coupons aren’t going to be a tremendous help to you.
With a family of nine, our food budget is high. Especially with a teenage boy and four little boys under him who are all growing quite nicely. Because we don’t eat a lot of boxed foods, I have to save money by using some strategies that work for me.
Here are some strategies I’ve found that help me stay on budget.
Buy frozen veggies when on sale, but check to make sure there is no added sodium.
Buy meat when it’s on sale and freeze what you won’t use right away.
Look for “overripe” produce deals at your grocery store. Overripe bananas can be frozen!
Buy in bulk and properly store products like rice and grains.
Pack your lunches for the office and when you travel.
Don’t buy bottled water unless your water isn’t good to drink.
Eat meatless meals a couple times a week.
Make lentil and bean burgers and freeze them.
I don’t always stick with my budget, but I try. I’ve found that even though we spend quite a bit on food, I know that it could be worse. When I walk through the grocery store aisles and see the prices of “convenience” foods I know that it’s better and less expensive to make my own.
What’s your best money saving food tip? Diane