Friday, 18 September 2009 14:38
The other evening, I was talking with a few friends about how expensive grocery shopping can be! I also found out that I was spending a decent amount more than a few of them. I asked them what their trick was. One friend had some particularly good advice. She said she saves the most money by purchasing meat only when it's on sale. This includes chicken, hamburger, pork, etc. You have to find out when the sales are on meat, buy alot, then freeze it! This makes sense to me. I tend not to buy in bulk because the price initially seems large, but after looking back over the past few months, I realize that I could have saved alot of money by purchasing meat on sale.
This friend also tends to plan meals based on food items that are on sale at the grocery store that week. (I like to plan whatever meals I want without looking at the sales, which just isn't smart!) However, I mentioned that sometimes a person might want to cook a meal one week that doesn't necessarily have on sale ingredients. Is that wrong? My friend replied that she usually cooks a meal or two a week with ingredients that aren't on sale. However, to save money, she makes sure to plan for two meals that include the same ingredients so that no ingredients go to waste! Maybe this is all common sense, but I certaintly wasn't thinking that way.
What do you do to save money on groceries? Happy shopping!