Budgeting Tips: Save Money in the Kitchen

| April 12, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Do your grocery bills make you want to go on a diet? Does the supermarket feel super expensive these days? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Spending money on food is essential but it is possible to s

ave money as well. Here are some simple budgeting tips to help you save money while eating healthy as well.

Use Menu Planning to Save Money

Menu planning is a simple but effective way of ensuring that you eat healthy meals through the week and don’t end up wasting cooked food as well. When planning the menu for the week, pencil in at least 2 meals where you’ll be using leftovers. This will ensure that food doesn’t go to waste. Also, check the pantry while menu planning to ensure that you first use what you have.

Keep an Eye Out for Deals and Specials

Every morning, scan the newspaper to watch out for discounts, deals and specials ,such as buy one-get one, at your local supermarket. However, before you rush to scoop up all the item

s on discount, think hard about how you’ll use it and if buying it will actually save money. For instance, a discount on canned tomatoes may not make them cheaper than fresh ones.

Use Coupons for Better Budgeting

Similar to deals of the day, coupons, too can help you save substantially on your groceries. Clip relevant coup

ons and store them carefully, so that you can use them on your next grocery-shopping trip.

Buy in Bulk to Save Money

If your family has certain favorite foods, you can buy them in bulk, especially when they’re on sale. Even if a package isn’t on sale, it will be cheaper than its smaller, single-use counterpart. So, always look out for larger packages or bulk buying discounts on favorite foods or staples.

Cooking From Scratch Helps Save Money in the Kitchen

It may be convenient to reach for that ready-to-eat meal but it won’t help you to save any money. Instead, use menu planning and sensible grocery shopping to make cooking from scratch easy. Not only will you eat freshly cooked meals that are high on health but will also be able to save plenty on canned, processed and ready-to-eat foods.

Pack Your Own Lunch

A basic but essential budgeting tip for homemakers is to pack and take your own lunch to work or school. The kids and you will eat better and if you’ll keep tab, you’ll see how much you end up saving by the end of the month.

Budgeting and homemaking tips like menu planning, bulk buying, coupon clipping, deal scouting and cooking from scratch will help your family to eat healthy and save money without much effort.

How do you save money in the kitchen?

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Prerna Malik is a freelance writer and work-at-home mom who believes in green living, frugal fun and positive parenting. You can find out more about her at The Mom Writes.

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