Cutting the Fat from Your Food and Grocery Bill to Save Money

by Hank Coleman

There are many ways to ease the tightness of your monthly household budget, and one of the biggest bangs for your bucks is reducing your food bill to cut your household costs.  There are several interesting ways to save money on your food bill including your choice of ingredients.

Consider these money saving food tips…

 

belt-tighteningConsider Your Lifestyle. If you eat out more than you eat at home, it might be prudent an option to spend more time eating your meals at home. Setting a couple hours aside for a nice dinner in a restaurant once or twice a month may be a better choice for lowering your food costs and thereby increasing the amount you have available in your household budget.

Buying In Bulk.  Also buying in bulk can reduce food expense. Purchasing generic brands versus name brands is often a better alternative as well. Coupons too can help immeasurably in paring your grocery bill and increasing the amount you save.

Meal Planning.  Meal planning can significantly lower food expenditures. Choosing more nutritious foods can help cut out excess calories and fat and slice your food bill in half. Therefore, take a bite out of the price you pay for foods by changing to a more healthful diet plan.

Food Choices.  Believe it or not, there are a few cheaper and healthier foods choices that can assist in better budgetary management.  Foods such as legumes or lentils, kidney beans, and lima beans can go a long way for a minimum amount of money. A two-pound bag is often under $2.00. Also, brown rice is a healthful food that is not too costly. It runs about the same as legumes and is full of nutrition. Including other low-cost, healthy foods in your diet such as oats, frozen vegetables, fresh spinach, lettuce, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, bananas, apples, whole wheat bread, yoghurt and citrus fruit will ease your budget and add to your health. Take a detour away from the vending machine and fast food restaurants by adding more nutrition in your diet and therefore more money in your bank account.

Substitutes May Help.  Substitute chicken or fish for red meat and make fresh fruits and vegetables a priority over processed foods. Pick foods that are rich in nutrients instead of foods that are loaded with empty calories. You will not only cut your food bill but may eliminate future costs for healthcare as well.

Drop The Meat.  My wife has managed to save a lot of money by not getting meat.  Switching to be a vegetarian can help your food budget when expensive meat is replaced with cheaper vegetables.

There are many benefits to watching the family’s spending on your food bill.  Over time, your budget will become more manageable as you rein in your spending on food and eating out, and you’ll become healthier too. You will have the best of both worlds and can truly enjoy the benefits of prosperity even more. Keep an eye on calories and nutrition to trim costs and your household budget will get some extra padding instead as a result.

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Wojciech Kulicki December 10, 2009 at 8:29 am

I echo your thoughts on food choices and going vegetarian. We’ve used both strategies successfully at one time or another, with pleasant results. One of the most interesting things that accompanies vegetarian eating as well was significant weight loss, which of course helps cut down on potential future health care costs.

I think spices are also an extremely underrated tool when it comes to making simple dishes taste absolutely amazing. As Top Chef shows us, just because something has three or four ingredients doesn’t mean it has to taste like it. Spices are relatively cheap and help develop some intense flavors in food.

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