Food · Just my Thoughts

Cutting Your Food Bill

I picked up, as I said in an early entry, a copy of Mother Earth News for the first time in decades yesterday.  The magazine itself is providing me with a lot of helpful information on gardening which I am set to attempt again this year.  The website – http://www.motherearthnews.com – is providing me with information on one of my current interests – shopping on less money.

 

In times when we are all tightening our belts – that extra $13 a week in our paychecks is not going to go far for the average family with teenagers, making the most of our food budget – yes, I said budget – is at the top of my list.  I hate spending money on foods that are not as nutritious as I think or that do not sustain my family.  I also cannot fathom the eating out that is done in this country when you can fix it yourself and have control over ingredients.

 

To this end, I point you in the direction of an article I read this morning entitled “Cut Your Food Bills in Half.”  I will warn you.  There are items in this article that the average person is going to balk at.  No one likes to figure out where waste is.  

 

You do need a budget, first of all.  The article gives some basic information on how to figure out what you are spending on food.  It is fairly straight forward.  Save receipts for several weeks.  I recommend a full month if you can as that gives you a better snapshot of your food habits than a week or two will.  This is tedious and time-consuming but well worth it.  You will realize that all those quick runs through the drive-thru are costing you a fortune.  Eating out at lunch is a big expense, also.  I have this discussion with my senior in high school son on a regular basis.

 

After you get a budget in place, the article goes into hints for cutting that budget.  Please be sure to read through all seven pages as I think the most important piece of advise is on page seven – “Keep a shopping list and stick to it.”  I know that weeks when I go to the grocery store with a list and a menu all planned out for the week, I spend less on groceries.  I have a plan and work it and the savings show.

 

Tell me how your cutting your food bill works.

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