The prices of everything have dramatically risen lately. The price of milk is nearly double what it was only a year and a half ago. Bread has gone up, so have fruits and vegetables – all the things we need on a daily basis.
While saving money is important, some of the older tricks do not apply anymore. Here are a few new ideas and techniques to keep you from spending so much.
Make Less Trips
Make less trips to the store. Practice the art of meal-planning so that you know what you are going for and what will be consumed that day. This will help eliminate waste as well as save you money on gas from more frequent trips.
Ignore the Paper
Unless you get the paper delivered to your home already, or have a neighbor or other source where you can scour the coupons for free – just avoid it. Coupons are still number one on my ways to save money, but if you have to buy something to get the coupons – it probably won’t work out too much in your favor.
Name Brand is for the Birds
Never one to follow the crowd, I avoid purchasing name brands whenever I can. Even a .10 price different adds up when you total your grocery costs at the end. If you can cook or prepare a meal with a non namebrand item, this is a better practice to get into. Now I will be the first to admit, there are certainly items that just taste better by certain companies – those are the ones you want to try to get on sale or with coupons.
Hope some of these tips help. Do you have any good ways to save money on food?