Saving is always a good idea, after all, who does not like to end the month with a positive balance in the bank, managing to raise money for that trip or even to buy something new for your home? A good way to do this is to reduce your spending on food.
One of the best ways to save money on food is to research well before you buy. Vegetables in general vary in price throughout the year according to seasons or even due to climatic changes such as long periods of drought or excessive rainfall. In addition, supermarkets and saloons offer discounts on different products according to the days of the week.
Be aware of these variations and you will realize that price changes in foods usually happen in more or less constant cycles. So you can eat more than one food at a time when it is cheaper. When it rises in price, it is only to reduce the consumption and to go to another preference of its that is with good prices.
Be faithful to the list
There is no point in researching and comparing prices if, at the time of purchase, you buy everything that comes into your head. With the research done, you need to write a precise list of what you will buy, if possible including quantities.
You do not have to be radical, though. You may allow small treats from time to time. You can even reserve space on your list for a special purchase. The key is not extrapolate.
Never go shopping hungry
Going to the grocery store at lunchtime is often a fatal mistake for your list. Hungry, the products on the shelf look tastier, the desserts, then, much more tempting. Try to go shopping only after meals to prevent hunger from ruining your planning.
Avoid wasting food
The waste of food, besides being an unsustainable habit, is a bad attitude for those who want to save money. Think about it: when your food stops in the trash is like throwing money away.
Plan your meals well and try to cook only what you eat. Keep your pantry and refrigerator organized, so you can prevent your food from expiring. And if you realize that you’re always throwing away the same foods, try changing your shopping or looking for new recipes to optimize your cooking performance.
Limit meals outside the home
Eating out is one of the most effective ways to spend money. Most of the time, the cost of dining in restaurants and snack bars exceeds what you would spend buying food and cooking at home.
That does not mean completely abandoning Friday’s beer or a romantic dinner once in a while. Just plan well when and how much you can spend on food outside the home and avoid giving in the routine of running away from the kitchen just for laziness to cook. The savings you get from home eating can be used for a special dinner at the end of the month, without the need to get into debt.