How can you stop your grocery bill from skyrocketing as food prices shoot up? Do you have to sacrifice the foods and flavours you love to keep meal costs low? There might be a way for you to start where you are, but make it cost less! In this post, we’ll talk about how to change the way you shop for groceries, starting before you go to the supermarket.
1. Find your ‘why’
Saving on groceries will probably require you to spend your money differently. It will be difficult at times, and you won’t always feel like doing it. So why are you trying to save on groceries? Imagine having purchased all your groceries, what funds would you like to have left over? How would you like to have money left over after groceries to save for an emergency fund or pay off debt? If you think of the rewards of saving money, how would you change your spending habits? Rewards for saving money is why the Momentum Savings Challenge was created, more on that later.
2. Take an inventory of the food you have
Sometimes, your household will use the food in the fridge faster than you can keep track of it. And it’s difficult to remember what is in your pantry from week to week. Using the food in your storage (fridge, freezer, and pantry) is a great way to save money on groceries. Instead of buying more food, you can use any food that you have already bought. And if you don’t want to count ALL the foods in your pantry each week, you might copy the items from last week into this week’s list (if you’re sure you still have those items).
3. Choose simple recipes
Regardless of what kind of cuisine you cook, every country has recipes that are easy to prepare. With trying different things in the kitchen, you’ll find recipes that are both simple and delicious. Making your own food is easier if you feel comfortable, or only a little challenged, to make the recipes. And making your own food will save tons of money, giving you another way to win your savings!
4. Plan your meals
Many people plan meals for one week at a time, and there are a few benefits:
- understanding how much food you need to buy
- removing the stress of deciding what to eat each night of the week.
Instead of guessing how much food to buy, try planning your meals to get a better idea of what you’ll need for this week. The recipes tell you what you’ll need, and you’ll only need to buy what you don’t have. Preparing food at home can save so much more money, and meal planning can save the stress from food preparation.
5. Learn about avoiding food waste
Storing food properly can save you from throwing out food that you paid for, so you might not have to buy so much more food. Of course, keeping food safe can also prevent you from getting sick.
- For example, meat can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days, but for longer than that, it should be frozen. Never re-freeze meat that has been thawed.
- Many fruits and vegetables can also be frozen (after blanching some of them) if you can’t use all of them quickly.
- Don’t overcrowd your fridge or freezer, as this makes it harder for cold air to circulate and keep food cool.
Check out websites for more tips on both keeping your food safe and edible, and keeping you safe and healthy
Spending less money on groceries is just one way to save up for an emergency fund. Join the Momentum Savings Challenge to boost your savings, with cash incentives for participating! Find out more here.
Contributed by Ruth-Anne Klassen