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8 ways to cut your grocery bill

Sunday, June 16, 2013    

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It may be that you are eating more than you need, why your bill gets higher every trip you make to the supermarket. Or, it could be that you are doubling up by purchasing what you already have. Whatever the case may be there are simple ways to cut your grocery bill. Here are some tips:

* Set a firm budget and stick to it:

Figure out how much it costs you to buy the typical items you need for your household. When you do, make a habit of sticking to that budget. Without boundaries you run the risk of overspending.

* Make a shopping list:

Obviously, the only way to stick within your budget is to make a list of what you need. This strategy will also help you to avoid buying what you already have because quite often, people forget the necessities and get carried away. So, before you head off to spending on a whim, you may want to look carefully in your kitchen cupboards, your refrigerator and pantry for what you have in excess.

* Keep a list of what's in the fridge:

This merely a reminder of what you have in cold storage. What better way to remember than placing the note on the door of the refrigerator? Quite often, people swear they are out of particular meat, when sure enough, there was enough to cook three meals. Tick off the items as they get fewer so it'll make it easier to make the shopping list.

* Use what you have:

On occasions, people go grocery shopping when they don't need to. They overlook the cupboard filled with items that they could easily use to whip up a few meals. It may be that you have to label your cupboards to make it easier to identify what you already have.

* Grow your own:

This has been tested and proven by householders who put their garden fork down and planted the fruits and vegetables that can grow in their backyard. For example, one backyard farmer plants crops such as lettuce, basil, mint, and tomato, foods that her family eats. The main thing to do is to grow what you eat, rather than eat what you grow. She saves $3,000 to $5,000 per week on her grocery bill, and makes another $8,000 to $10,000 a week farming from 1,000 square feet of land.

* Visit the local market:

Not everyone is adept to planting fruits and vegetables, so instead of picking up these items at the supermarket shop at the local market. Forget about the hassle, and look at the savings. For example, it will cost you twice as much for a pound of watermelon at the supermarket than at the market.

* Quit buying pre-seasoned meat:

Understandably, the pre-seasoned chicken on a tray comes with an extra cost. Of course, they took the time to get it together to make it easier to prepare, so you have to pay for that. Checks by the Sunday Finance at a local supermarket show that pre-seasoned chicken cost costs you 20 per cent more than when you buy it unseasoned.

* Buy in bulk

It's not a good idea to buy items that will spoil easily in bulk. When it comes to large quantities, you should try to only buy items that you use frequently such as sugar and rice. You can also buy items that you can't live without, like detergents and certain toiletries, in bulk .

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