In this fast paced world, we tend to eat on the go and eat out because it’s convenient. If you’re like me and work all day and have a family to feed, your time is limited. There’s many days you just want to throw in the towel and say, “let’s eat out tonight.” But, eating out gets expensive, especially at the nicer restaurants. Even at drive-thru restaurants it’s hard to find nutritious, non-processed foods. Eating out can put pounds on your waist and drain your wallet.
By allocating a some time to buy nutritious foods at the supermarket, you can cook nutritious meals that can help you lose weight and fatten your wallet. If you cook enough, you can have leftovers the next day, saving you money!
Here’s “10 Ways To Trim Your Waist & Fatten Your Wallet”: *
1. Buy whole foods
Buy buying whole foods such as fresh meats and vegetables, you are getting the most nutrients in their purest form. Pick lean meats over fatty meats. Other whole foods include milk, whole grain breads, beans, etc.
2. Avoid Packaged Foods
Have you read the label of packaged foods, like frozen dinners, salad dressings, “helper” meals, etc? A lot of them have artificial colors and preservatives, plus some are expensive. Instead of buying that frozen dinner, stock up on whole-grain pastas and other whole foods to make meals.
3. Buy In Bulk
Before you head out to the supermarket, check the store’s ad to see which foods are on sale, then buy those. You can store meat and some vegetables in the freezer, so you can stock up to save money.
4. Plan Your Grocery List
If you are going to buy items on sale, make a shopping list. Add other items you need to the list. Then, when you get in the supermarket, stick to the list. Also, don’t go to the store when you’re hungry. That will lead to extra spending.
5. Plan Your Meals
Have you ever used a meal plan? They are convenient and already planned for you, one meal for each day of the week. I have several Meal Plans here on Urban Girl Bakes. They have Side Suggestions, a Dessert and are Printable too!
6. Pack Your Lunch
If you pack your lunch you will save on average $40-$50 per week. You’ll save money on food, the gas to get the food and eat a well-balanced meal too! Not sure what to pack in your lunch? See my “Lunch Ideas” Pinterest Board many lunch ideas.
7. Go Vegan A Few Days
Eat beans instead of meat for 2 or 3 meals. Beans are cheap compared to meat, so you will save money.
8. Omit Gourmet Coffee
If you’re a coffee drinker, skip the gourmet coffee shop and buy coffee at the supermarket. Save even more money by not using individual coffee brewers. Instead buy coffee in the larger containers and use a traditional 8-cup or 12-cup coffee machine.
9. Repurpose Your Food
If you make a dish with chicken, save the broth you cooked it in to use in another meal, like soups. If you cook beans, use half in one meal, then use the other half in a different meal the next day.
10. Drink Water and Avoid Sodas
Water is vital for a healthy body. Sodas can get expensive. Instead of buying bottled water, buy a water filter for your sink or refrigerator and a reusable water bottle and take water with you on the go. Get creative with infused water (several recipes are on the internet), by adding not only lemons, but other fresh fruits too. I’ve added blackberries, raspberries and oranges to my water.
How do you save money on your grocery bill?
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