"Feel gratitude for what you have and for what you are about to receive."
~ Joseph Clough
I am wanting to reduce the amount of money we spend on groceries in our household. I already use a menu plan in conjunction with a shopping list. To help reduce our grocery spending further I am going to:
Do more cooking from scratch. In our household we already do a lot of our cooking from scratch, but there is always room for improvement. Of course cooking from scratch takes more time, so I am going to be looking for shortcuts like using home-made premixes.
Use more seasonal produce. This will require some adjustment to menus. So I will do some research on what is available seasonally each month. It is too hard to wing it as supermarkets stock fruit and veggies out of season, as you well know.
This will also mean using up the fresh produce and not letting sit in the fridge moldering. So I will need to check the fridge every couple of days to monitor this and discover how I can use up any fresh fruit and veggies. Hmmm more time in the kitchen and less screen time for me.
Buying no name brands, but only when it is produce of Australia.
Adding canned beans or lentils to make dishes go further.
Buying more items in bulk. This slipped last year, but I need to get back to this.
Take time to compare prices as sometimes items on special aren't really the best buy at the time. Some items on special at one supermarket may still be cheaper at Aldi's.
Only buy grated cheese if it is not more expensive than buying blocked cheese and doing the grating myself. Ditto for diced bacon and ham.
Well now I have a plan. I will start putting this into practice and monitor how I am managing.
Do you have any tips for me on how to reduce the grocery budget?