We’d all like to have extra money. This guide will help you save some cash without the stress and time consumption of using coupons.
1. Quit buying mystery meat! If you eat red meat, buy your beef from a local farmer or slaughterhouse. You can typically purchase either 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or even a whole cow. The meat will typically be wrapped up in butcher paper, not the stryofoam-and-plastic wrap you find in grocery stores. While it can be a big upfront expense, as long as you have a large freezer, this will save you some cash overall – and as an added bonus, you will know exactly where your beef came from, what it’s been fed, and that is just one cow, not parts from several different cows. The same applies to pigs as well. Support locally raised food and pocket some of your hard-earned cash at the same time. Currently, average the average price for ground round is $2.99 per pound in a grocery store. For around $2.39 per pound directly from the farmer or slaughterhouse, you could be getting ground round, roasts, steaks and more. If you are the average American eating around 50 pounds of beef per year with a family of 4, that’s a savings of $120 per year. And you know exactly where your food comes from!
2. Don’t buy herbs or green onions ! Growing your own herbs might seem daunting, but it is very easy. Find a sunny window and an old plastic container. Puncture 3-4 holes in the bottom and use the lid as a catch basin. Plant the seeds of whatever you use regularly and you can grow your own herbs year round right in your kitchen. Anything that comes with a root can also be grown in your window planters. Chop the green onions off just above the bulb, put a toothpick through it and balance on a shot glass until the roots grow out about 5 centimeters; then plant them in dirt. In 3-4 weeks, you’ll have green onions to use and reuse for months! I mainly find these for about 50 cents a bunch. If you bought a bunch every week for a year, you’d save $26 growing them myself and have the peace of mind that your family not going to become ill from eating them.
3. Drop brand loyalty like a bad habit.There are a few things you’ll stay loyal to – and that’s ok! Even switching three or four staples can lead to big saving. Try store brands. Many come with money back guarantees, making it a great way to try the product and feel no obligation to keep it if you don’t like it. Do you difference between name brand and store brand oats? The store brand is twice the size and is $1.89 cheaper. If you go through one package of oats per week, you’ll save an average of $98.28 per year on one item. If you can do this with several items, your savings can really add up.
4. Plan ahead, consolidate trips and stick to the list. Plan your meals for the next week the night before you go shopping. Plan out breakfast, lunches, dinners, and all snacks. Sit down with your grocery store circular and get busy. You can plan every meal right out the weekly ad. Once you make your meal plan and grocery list, make sure you stick to it at the store. If it isn’t on the list, don’t buy it! If you need to go to more than one store, do it in the same trip You’ll have everything you need to make meals. You won’t be stressed out at dinnertime trying to decide what to make. You won’t give in to going out or ordering out. You’ll have a little more gas in the tank. And you’ll save a ton of money. If the cost of taking a family of 4 out for dinner once per week totals over $40 and you can make a healthy meal at home for only $10, you’ll save at least $30 per week – that’s over $1,500 per year. If everyone in your family brown-bags lunches as well, that can save even more. Check out myfridgefood.com to see what you have on hand to make for dinner right now!