After mortgage, food gets the lion’s share of our weekly budget. For instance, a couple without children in Australia spends roughly $200 on food, excluding the costs of electricity and other utilities used in cooking meals. This amount greatly increases when you eat out frequently. Spending a lot on food shouldn’t be the case. There are so many ways to cut food expenses without feeling deprived of what you want to eat.
Want to save money on food? Here are some simple and effective ways to cut food-related costs:
Plan your meals for the entire week.
Spend some time during the weekend to think about your meal strategy for the next five or six days. With all of your meals planned out, you will know what food items to buy and skip what you don’t need. This will help you save some cash.
Make smart food choices.
Eat food that makes you feel full longer and gives you more energy. This ensures that you will buy fewer food items without feeling starved or deprived of nutrients you need. Opt for wholegrain bread, oats, nuts, eggs, fruits, and vegetables to get you through the day feeling energized.
Grow your own food.
You can save money on food if you grow your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables. You don’t even need to have a green thumb or a large piece of land. There are a lot of plants that are easy to maintain and can thrive in pots and makeshift vegetable beds.
Do not go to the supermarket on an empty stomach.
People tend to buy a lot more than they should if they go to the grocery and they’re hungry. Save money on food by eating some snacks before heading to the store.
Bring new life to leftovers.
Cut food expenses by creating delicious meals and drinks using leftover meat, fruits, and vegetables. Make fried rice with extra carrots and green peas or chicken sandwich with what’s left of your roasted chicken. Add remaining mint leaves, cucumbers, and lemons to drinking water and you’ll have a refreshing drink when you need it.
These are simple tips and yet some of us take them for granted and we end up wasting money. With a mindset that you can save money on food in so many ways, you will be able to cut food expenses and increase your savings.
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