- Use coupons. Yes, clipping coupons can be a little time-consuming, but it saves money. Many stores will double your coupons and save even more money for you. I don't know if it's coincidence or not, but we find that many times, the items we have coupons for are also on sale. Ka-ching!
- Use a store's savings card. Many stores have cards for frequent customers that save a lot of money.
- Buy store brand items vs. big-name brands. This isn't always the best thing to do, but think about what the item is and how it'll be used. For example, I think that a store brand can of corn is probably inferior to a brand name. So if I'm going to use it as a side dish, I'll probably buy the brand name. But if I'm going to be putting the corn in a soup or stew or something like that, the store brand will be just fine. And costs quite a bit less.
- Buy locally. Veggies and fruits are costly partly because of the costs of shipping. If you buy from local farms, you'll not only get fresher and more healthy, you'll be helping our local economy.
- Spend your money on good stuff. In an article from the Burlington (VT) Free Press, experts and chefs make the suggestion that you buy higher quality items (meats, for example)--spending more on 1 or 2 items--but eat less of it during the week. (There are some other good tips in that article, too.)
- Grow a garden. It takes work, but growing your own fresh veggies is not only rewarding and delicious, but can save you loads of money.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
If you've been to the grocery store anytime in the last, oh, 2 years, you know that prices of many foods are going up and up. Here are some tips for making the most of your money when it comes to feeding your family.