How would you like to cut your grocery bill by 25 percent by doing nothing?
It’s easier than you think. All you have to do is cut out one grocery shopping trip a month and challenge yourself to use up the food you already have. Two simple things that can save you thousands of dollars a year.
We all know that menu planning and cooking can be exhausting. So, all too often, people simply give up thinking ahead. You know, when you go into a grocery store to pick up one ingredient to finish a recipe and you end up picking up five or six things and all of a sudden you’ve spent $50!
It doesn’t have to be that way, according to Steven Shaw, an award-winning New York food writer. Challenge yourself not to shop for a week, but instead cook all of your meals for one week with just the food in your cupboards.
Keep in mind that making a shopping list can be a big help. Make a list and stick to it, unless you find a really great in-store sales. Using a list keeps you from making expensive impulse purchases that really drive up the bill. Going to the grocery store fewer times does the same thing, because it means less temptation to buy something not on the list.