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How to Pare Down Your Grocery List

September 13th 2013 by
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08Recently, you haven’t been too happy with all of the money that you’re spending on groceries. In fact, the cost seems to be rather ridiculous, am I right?? Instead of continuing to spend all of that money every week, follow these tips to pare down your grocery list in terms of both size and cost.

Use Your Fridge

Do you find yourself purchasing entirely new ingredients every time you head to the store? At the end of the month, you may find that you end up with five containers of mayo, four bottles of barbecue sauce and way too much salad dressing. When you are putting together menus for the week, look at the ingredients that you already have. Don’t purchase doubles and triples of items. Build the recipes from what is already in the fridge and in the pantry. The only exceptions to the rule is if you see a great deal on something you know you’ll definitely need – then it’s ok to stock up, to save in the long run.

What You Eat

As you’re going through the fridge and cabinets, pay attention to the foods that you eat and the foods that you not eating. Chances are, you have at least a couple of snacks that always seem to get thrown out at the end of the week or month. Don’t develop such an attachment to these foods; no need exists to do so. Instead, leave them off your shopping list. If you’re really craving them, you can go to the store and buy them when the time comes!

Eliminate Fancy Extras

Sure, it can be nice to drink a bottle of iced coffee each morning, but this little habit is probably costing you an awful lot of money. Purchasing a coffee machine and making your own each day is going to cost you a lot less in the long run. Figure out what extras you don’t need. You might consume them on a regular basis, but they’re likely unnecessary for your long-term health or happiness.

Buy Sale Meat

If you really look at what you’re spending on in the grocery store, you’ll probably find that meat takes up a lot of the bill. Of course, many people would argue that meat is a necessary part of the diet and removing it completely just isn’t going to work. You certainly don’t have to get rid of all of it, but try to purchase meats that are on sale. Chances are, you can find some great family packs. Yes, you might have to eat the same thing two nights in a row, but it can be worth it to save some money. Consider eating less meat too though – most Americans eat WAY too much of it, and it’s terribly unhealthy, as as well as expensive. Consider meat substitutes, such as veggies or cheese, next time you’re making a dish that includes meat that can be swapped out (salad, lasagna, etc).

Shop Discount Items

At some point, you won’t be able to pare your list down anymore. When you get there, make the decision to only shop for discounted items. You don’t need the fancy brand name milk; just purchase the one that is the cheapest. In most cases, it’s going to taste exactly the same.

Joseph Rodriguez writes about all things finance. His recent work is on the Top Online Accounting Degree Programs

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