Groceries are like those relatives you loathe but can’t get rid of. There is nothing more boring and time-consuming than grocery shopping, but what makes it even worse is the number of bills it piles up. Regardless, we still can’t get rid of them because we love to eat and cook. We can, however, cut down the grocery bills by following some smart hacks. Let’s see these tips that could help us slash them down.
1. Freeze them good
Can you count the number of times you had to throw away a large pack of whipped cream or a packet of strawberries that you bought but forgot to eat? No, you can’t because this has happened more times than you can count. Instead of leaving food to spoil, use them with care. Freeze them if they are not for use now. This will save you from buying things again and wasting your money.
2. Back-off from lavish dinner
Yeah, we know it’s enjoyable to have a hearty meal on a table full of delicious foods with your family. It is even acceptable two times a week, but is it really necessary to make a full three-course dinner with all the things available? Was the dessert necessary? Was there a need for a fresh loaf of bread or wine? This will not only rack up your grocery bill but will also make your family used to and expectant of the same treatment every night. Give it a break, make easy and simple dinner for your family; you can have a special dinner on every Sunday.
3. Grocery stores
Are you sure you are buying from the cheapest grocery store? You’ll be surprised to discover how different grocery stores sell the same thing at different prices. There are grocery stores that sell at the most honest prices. Go to the grocery stores with the best deals and your grocery bill will come down before your eyes.
4. Use your green thumb
Why buy herbs when you can have fresh ones in your own garden? Have you ever given a second thought to planting the good-smelling and ever fresh herbs? Why not. They will not only make your meals tastier with their freshness but will also prevent wastage and save you a lot of money that you spend on buying these herbs.
5. Use leftovers
It is not a crime to eat the leftovers. If you are a mom, make sure your kids fall into the habit and learn to eat what’s left of the previous day. This too will avoid food wastage and save you money of a whole meal.
6. Use tofu
We understand that not all of you are fans of tofu but sometimes it makes a wonderful substitute for beef. Learn to use it as it’s cheaper than meat and will help you cut down your grocery bills.
No, we are not asking you to become a DIY queen–or king. If there is something that you can make at home then why spend money on it? Things made at home are always healthier, cleaner, and less costly. For instance, why pop popcorns in your microwave when you can pop them just as easily in your pan from a Kernel jar? This is not only a cheaper alternative but also lasts a lot longer than a pack.
By following the above tips you’ll find a good amount of difference in your grocery bill.