So, I’m sure you have read so many things on how to save money on your grocery bill. A lot of them have to do with couponing and all that good stuff. Not all of us have 4+ hours each week to clip and/or print coupons so this isn’t some extreme money saving post, but I have saved between $100-$200 a month. (I went from spending $400 a month to roughly $200.) Go me, right?! Don’t get me wrong, I would love to save even more and go crazy with the coupons, but I do not have the time. Of course, if there’s anyone out there with some quick tips, I’m all ears! So, here’s what I do to save a little bit of cash.
Our family has taco night just about every week. If you’re like us then you know how expensive those taco seasoning packets are. At my local grocery store, they can be priced up to $1.50 per tiny pouch. Here’s how you can cut that cost way down. Find a taco seasoning mix recipe online that works for you. I have found one that tastes better than the store bought mixes. With the ingredients I purchased for this mix, I can make about 15 taco meals. 😀 Not a taco person? You can discover ways to make your own Italian and Ranch dressings and so much more. Google and Pinterest can be your best friend when it comes to this. Here’s the taco mix I use.
Do you love baking? It’s that time of year where everyone loves to bake something. Whether it’s muffins, quick breads, cookies, brownies, whatever. Baking those goodies from scratch may seem a little daunting, but, believe it or not, they taste 1,000 times better because you don’t have all the artificial ingredients to go with them. Investing in the main ingredients to all of these is a one time thing. The amount of money you spend on one of those expensive brownie mixes, you can buy all if not most of the ingredients and make loads more. Need ideas?
Think that you may not always have the time to mix each ingredient every time you want to make something? No problem. You can buy containers and store the dry ingredients for future use. This will cut the time down.
Proper Food Storage
Where you store food in your fridge is super important. Many people don’t realize how much money we waste on food every week/month/year. Each part of your refrigerator is actually a different temperature. I swear by this. Ever since I organized my fridge into sections, not only do I have a better handle on knowing what I have, my food stays fresh for at least a week or two longer depending on the product. One of my older posts shows you exactly how I did it and where everything should go.
Check around to various food stores in your area. You’ll be surprised at their prices compared to where you typically shop. I have recently rediscovered a love for Aldi and since it’s a world-wide company, I know many of you probably know their good quality, inexpensive products. Not everyone feels the same way, but they are great for stockpiling when it comes to can goods, prepackaged items and even school snacks. A couple of weeks ago I bought a box of 32 fruit snacks for only $2.49! At my usual supermarket, I would have spent this much on a box of 10 and that’s only if they were on sale.