Would you like to reduce your food budget by up to $200 a month? Research has shown that following these 4 proven methods can save you $200 or more each month!
#1. Only go to the grocery store once a week. Research has proven that the more trips to the grocery store you make in a week, the more likely you are to buy on impulse.
Prior to going to the grocery store, if you have researched the sale items of the week and have organized your coupons, it will be easy for you to get in and out of the store without overspending. And of course, don't go shopping when you are hungry!
It is estimated that up to 2/3 of all grocery store purchases are unplanned impulse purchases! Being organized and well fed ahead of time can avoid this from happening.
Be sure to check the fliers in the Sunday paper, as well as all the great coupon websites prior to going to the store. Coupons are virtually FREE money!
#2. Stop buying and drinking bottled water. Not only will you save money, you will also be living green and helping the environment by reducing the amount of waste in all those small plastic bottles! Buy a stainless steel refillable water bottle and be kind to the environment!
#3. Purchase fruits and vegetables when they are in season and get fabulous fresh produce at very low prices. This is a marvelous time of the summer for fresh blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, green beans, squash, sweet corn, etc. Take advantage of the great pricing to eat fresh fruits and vegetables & buy extra for future use by freezing.
Use seasonal items when making meals and save money! I found this cookbook recently with loads of frugal recipes and great money saving ideas! You can read it for free by checking it out from the local library!
#4. If you are serious about saving money, Never eat at a restaurant that doesn't have a Buy One Get One Coupon or a special reduced price menu!
A friend of mine goes to a local fancy restaurant with her husband during " Happy Hour" and they sit in the bar area and eat the inexpensively priced, yet filling gourmet appetizers. If you stick to soft drinks or water, you can have the equivalent of a light meal in a fancy setting for very little money!
Remember, in today's economy you can get coupon deals everywhere!