I'm on a budget...
Tax season is here and if you’re like me, you are praying you don’t owe much or will receive a little extra cash. Either way, you’re trying to watch your nickels and dimes, and counting all of your pennies.
When it comes to groceries, we tend to be a little “cheap” sometimes, not wanting to spend the extra money on food that potentially could be better for us, or just dine out, spending more money in the end.
What if I told you that you could actually save and MAKE money when grocery shopping. Yup, I said it, MAKE MONEY!
You don’t need to give an arm or a leg to eat whole, natural foods every day, trust me, I know! You just need to know when to shop, what to look for, and have your Grocery Combat Gear with you!
What gear am I talking about?
Step one before you go to the store, make your list. You’ll need this so that you stay on budget!
Clip your coupons guys! I’m serious, I do weekly, as well as checking online for digital coupons at my favorite stores and websites.
Now you can find your circular, and mark, check, circle, whatever you see matches your grocery list AND your handy-dandy coupons.
SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS!
You can now upload and match the items you brought and your receipts to your savings apps to make money!
Now what if your grocery list doesn’t include things that may be on sale or you cannot find coupons for? Likeeeee…..
You have a chicken and broccoli on the menu for dinner one night. Broccoli is $2.99/lb but you check your circular and frozen broccoli is 99 cents per back (12oz). It’s the same thing, fresh is just as good as frozen. You’ve save money right there! Same goes with fruit, I always buy frozen if it ends up being less expensive for pineapple, peaches, and cherries.
Even check your proteins! You really want chicken tenderloins, but they are $3.49/lb at ShopRite. However, the chicken beast, with rib meat, is $1.99/lb at Wegmans. AH HA! BUT! You may be saying, I only need less than a pound, the cheaper protein is in the “family size” packaging. YES, it may be, but remember, you can buy more and freeze it for later. Let’s be real, would you rather get 2.8 pounds of chicken or 5 pounds for $10?
Now brings up the next question, buying in bulk is ALWAYS better, right? WRONG!
If you blow through celery, cucumbers, salad mixes and other items like condiments, yes, it could potentially be cost efficient to buy in bulk. I tend to with my lettuce mixes and certain veggies. Especially frozen ones. But, for the most part, if you are buying fresh, you don’t want to waste what you buy. So see how much you actually need and then decided the cost breakdown of buying in bulk. Remember, wholesale clubs sometimes accept coupons! So you may even get a better deal there as well!
My FAVORITE place to look is at the “specials” section of most stores.
Well there you have it! Grocery shopping on a budget AND getting the items you like is possible.
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