The weekly trip to the grocery store often represents the largest recurring cost for a family. Depending on the size of your family, it can cost more per month than your mortgage. This is especially true if you or members of your family have specific dietary needs, such as gluten-free or dairy-free. But it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here at Texas Debt Consolidation, we believe that, with a little planning, you can control your grocery budget. Here are five tips to help.
- Start by getting organized. Write out a weekly meal plan, gather appropriate coupons, and put together an approximate price list.
- Stores will place larger packages in areas where they will grab your attention. Occasionally, the larger size offers a better deal, but not always. Be sure to compare before buying.
- Never develop a brand loyalty. Name brand products always cost more and are rarely better than the generic versions.
- Buy in bulk whenever it makes sense, avoid it when it doesn’t. Special occasions may require large amounts of something, but often that is the only time. Do you really need 5 boxes of an item if it will sit in your pantry for two months?
- Stop buying bottled water. A filter pitcher will do just as well and is easier on the environment as well.
If you are careful, you can keep your grocery budget well in hand and have a well balanced and nutritious diet.