Published by: Abert Gibosse – Blue Label Weekly Magazine [ www,bluelabelweeklymagazine.com ] Sponsored by: America’s Food Basket Supermarkets Massachusetts Locations [ https://afbmalaunchpad.wordpress.com/ ]
Like science, budgeting for grocery entails mastering the intricacies as well as juggling time, preference, income, store availability, seasons, life situations, and more. These are my top 10 tips for creating a grocery budget—and sticking to it.
Audit your Current Spending Figures On Grocery
On the first month, start tracking what you spend on everything that you consume. By having a realistic idea of what you usually spend on grocery, you might suddenly realize that you’ve been spending too much on grocery shopping. Keep your receipts.
Segment your food expenses into an itemized list.
Segment your budget
Budget monthly. Track weekly. Planning your meals per week will help you avoid unnecessary expenses on take-outs and help you be more organized and shop accordingly.
Be Creative with your leftovers.
Leftovers will not only feed you but will save you a bundle. Try to emphasize on meals that make good leftovers and freeze leftovers.
Identify your priorities
Prioritize those items that are essential for your wellbeing, which may include vegetables, fruits, fresh foods and basic whole foods. Delete unnecessary items before cutting out essential ones
→ More on my priorities: 8 Foods to Always Spend Money On
Variety will make your grocery consumption more enjoyable
Develop a Shopping List on Your Smart Phone
This list will help you quickly log in items that you need before you run empty. This will prevent incomplete shopping.
Use Coupons Scrupulously
A good rule of thumb to remember is that coupons are great for items that you need and from brands that you like, not to buy unnecessary items. Likewise, compare the price(s) of generic versions of many items in the coupon book as they may be even cheaper than the price you’ll pay for a discounted name brand item.
Purchase and stock Just Enough When There Is a Sale.
Don’t be trapped into buying more because it’s a great deal.
If you have the time, it’s a great idea to visit a few stores to audit prices.