By Sheila Buck
With the price of food increasing, and parents making the same or less money than usual, it is getting harder for families to keep themselves fed. Eating frugally is a good way to save on your food bill and have cash on hand for other necessities that your family will need. Here are some tips for buying food and using the food in a manner that will save you money.
Tips for buying food:
- Store and generic brands are less expensive than name brand foods. A lot of the these brands also taste just as good as the name brands. Purchase these brands of food instead of the more expensive ones.
- Be sure to compare prices on the items you want to buy. Just because something seems cheaper does not always mean it is the better deal. Try unit pricing to make sure you are getting the best deals on your food purchases.
- Sometimes grocery stores have racks of food that are out of date. Breads and meats may be a couple of days over their sell date. These items are marked down in prices and are still good to eat.
- Purchase fresh vegetables and fruits at roadside vendors. They sell the produce at a lower cost than you will find at the grocery store.
- To help stretch your food dollars, make trips to your local food cupboard.
Tips for the home:
- Have a vegetable garden. Setting it up might cost a bit of money, but the reward of fresh vegetables that you don’t have to purchase at the store are great.
- Vegetables can also be canned and frozen for future use. In the long run, a garden saves you a lot of money on your grocery bill.
- Make your own breads and other baked goods. Homemade baked goods taste good and, if you have all the ingredients on hand, will be cheaper than buying them all at the grocery store and will save on gas.
- Make extra of meals that can be frozen and put away for later use.
- Don’t throw away left overs. They can be eaten for lunch the next day or dinner the next night.
- Don’t overload your plate with food. Left over food on a plate usually goes in the trash. If you take a little, and your still hungry after, go back for seconds. If your not still hungry, make good use of the leftovers.
Eating frugally does not have to be a difficult task. Try using the tips you find in this article and other tips you hear about. Try to be careful with your money and creative in how you use your food. Meatloaf sandwiches can be made with the left over pasta sauce from the night before, and the meatloaf from the night before that. Add some cheese and you have yourself quite a sandwich.
Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.