Sunday, September 21, 2008
Food for your Brood
When we were first married 9 1/2 years ago we lived off of a dollar a day for food. Really! For both of us. We were in college and happened to live near a grocery store with a lot of good sales. There has also been a lot of inflation since then.
The budget gradually moved up to a dollar a day per person. Now my husband is still in school, but, with a family of 6, we are still spending about a dollar a day per person on groceries. We are actually eating a LOT better too.
- cook mostly from scratch!
- get WIC (more on that soon)
- ROTATE -- use that food before it goes bad!
- learn the regular price for items you usually buy (keep a notebook if you need to)
- stock up when items you buy regularly go on a good sale (nonperishable or freezer goods if you have space)
- clip coupons, or print them from the internet
- don't eat out or get take-out
- buy only the least expensive cuts of meat (we rarely spend more than $2/lb. on any meat), learn to prepare them so they taste delicious
- buy the store brand or in bulk if it is a better deal (you can bring your calculator with you!)
- do not buy on impulse unless an item is a really good deal and you NEED it.
Now, your turn! What are your best tips for saving money on food??