When extra money is needed, my first suggestion is to always look at your budget and see where you can make cuts. My family was living paycheck to paycheck and we had a strong desire to pay off all our debt, but with no extra money that was hard to do. A detailed look into my budget showed me my family of 5 was spending over $1000 a month on food. Eating out, snacks, extras, desserts….all those goodies were adding up, and adding up very fast. So I decided to make some cuts. Ok, BIG cuts to be honest, and get our grocery bill down to $400-$500 a month.
Is it doable?? YES! I have been sticking to this new plan for over 8 months now and have saved tons of money, and in fact I wrote the whole plan out to help others do the same!! ((you can read more about that at the end plus how to get it for 50% off!)) The hardest part for me is I am a healthy eater, so I needed foods that were cheap, but also healthy for my family. That took some researching, trial and error, and finding bargains. But it worked and we are now able to put at least $400 a month into our savings!
Here are a few of my top tips for eating on a budget, and scroll down to the bottom for a list of cheap, easy recipes!
*Plan out your meals for the week. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! If you know what you are going to eat, you will be less likely to spend money eating out
*Make your own snacks. I make all my kids snacks except pretzels. I do homemade cheese crackers, graham crackers, yogurt, muffins, bread….pretty much everything can be made from home for cheaper and a LOT healthier
*PLAN PLAN PLAN: I promise this is the number one tip for staying on track
*Make two nights a week a “veggie night”. Meat is pricey and you can get just as much protein from veggies, but for cheaper.
*Make a grocery list and stick with it! If its not on the list, and you don’t need it, then don’t buy it!
*Go with frozen or canned fruits and veggies. Cheaper!!
*Buy from stores like Aldis, Save A Lot, Costco, or Sams. Make sure to compare prices though as items aren’t always cheaper.
*Buy discount items in bulk and freeze! When I see meat or cheese on sale, I buy a lot and stick it in the freezer.
*PLAN! Keep snacks in your bag so you aren’t tempted to go through a drive thru
*Coupon! But make sure you have your meals planned out before looking for coupons. Otherwise you end up spending more by buying things you didn’t need that were on sale.
*Soups (chicken and rice, vegetable beef, broccoli and cheese, etc)
*Veggie Spaghetti Sauce
*Rice and Beans
*Chicken or Tuna Salad Wraps
*Casseroles (chicken, broccoli, rice and cheese is my favorite!)
*Potato “Bar” Night
*Breakfast for dinner
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Money Saving Tips
Grocery Shopping Tips
Healthy Cheap Foods List
Specific Food Tips
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