If your grocery budget seems to be getting out of control, you’re not alone. Grocery shopping is one of the highest budget items for most families. There are ways to reduce your spending though without leaving your family feeling hungry. It just requires a little creativity about how you shop and make meals. These tips will help lower your grocery budget while still making good meals.
How to Easily Reduce Your Grocery Budget
1. Don’t buy it, make it
Meals are usually less expensive when you make them yourself instead of buying products that are already made. And you’ll be better able to control what you’re putting in them. The same theory goes for baking. A homemade batch of warm cookies will cost less and make more than a package of store-bought cookies. Just be sure to avoid recipes that include unique ingredients that you won’t use frequently.
2. Go big at breakfast
Breakfast is the least expensive meal of the day to prepare, and if you start the day on a full stomach with a healthy breakfast, you’re more likely to make better food choices all day. Give your family a healthy and filling breakfast of oatmeal, eggs, or a breakfast casserole to reduce your grocery budget.
3. Serve meals buffet style
Make a buffet, away from the table, for your family to fill their own plates. Each person will be able to take just what they feel they can eat, reducing the amount of food waste. It will also encourage your family to avoid overeating, as they will have to get up from the table to get seconds.
4. Add beans and rice
Stretch your favorite recipes by adding beans and rice. It will make a larger serving; possibly even enough for a second meal. Adding beans will also add extra fiber and protein to your meals. You can even make beans the main attraction with recipes like eggplant and white bean (meatless) meatballs.
5. Use your slow cooker
Using your slow cooker will save you both time and money. Slow cooker recipes usually have fewer ingredients and don’t call for items that you will only use once or twice. Plus, your entire meal can be made in one pot, requiring less clean up later.
6. Add protein at every meal
Protein will fill you up and keep you fuller longer, so be sure to include some kind of protein with every meal. Beans, eggs, and cheese are all great options to keep your family going.
Reducing your grocery budget doesn’t have to be difficult, it just requires a little creativity and planning ahead. Find a few great and inexpensive recipes to add to your meal plan on a regular basis to help cut costs.