Save money on food

Groceries at a checkoutIn order to save money on food and make new buying habits, you need to be able to identify what your old habits are.

Trying to save money on food and save time in the kitchen can seem like a huge task, but if you break it up by changing one thing at a time, you will feel more in control.

Ask yourself the following questions to see what your shopping and cooking habits are:

  1. How many times a week do you go to the grocery store? Do you shop at a supermarket or at a wholesale club (like Sam’s Club or BJ’s)?
  2. Do you know how much you spend a month on food? Both at the grocery store and eating out.
  3. What do you already have on hand in your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry? Have some foods gone bad? Are foods outdated?
  4. Do you like to cook? Do you like to eat leftovers?

Now pick one of those questions to think a little bit more about.

Focus on one area for improvement

For example, I am pretty good at knowing what I have on hand in my refrigerator, and pantry, but my freezer is a black hole. My goal for the month of October is to include one meal a week that uses at least one item from my freezer.

Based on your answers to the questions above, what are you going to focus on? Let us know!

Leslie Ouellette
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