Eating on a Budget
Are you looking for tips and tricks to save money on food? In these days of rising costs, everyone wants to know how to shave a few dollars from their weekly grocery bills and spend their money smarter. We all have to eat, so we have to buy food, of course. But you don’t have to pay high prices for it if you know where to find the discounts and how to spend your money more wisely.
Here are five ways to save on groceries, including some cheap sausage recipes that will cost just pennies per serving for your busy family.
Start Buying in Bulk
You can save money when you stock up. Purchasing things in bulk usually nets you a much lower per-unit price. Say frozen broccoli is usually 99 cents a pound for a 2-pound bag, but you can find a 6-pound bag for 60 cents a pound. While you will pay a bit more for the bigger bag at first, you’ll have more broccoli at a lower price in the long run. If you don’t already have a deep freezer, consider getting one so you can store more frozen items.
Go to Grocery Discount Stores
You may not want to get all your groceries at a discounter — there’s something to be said for premium meats, for instance — but they’re an excellent source for stocking up on pantry items for dirt-cheap prices. A few things to buy at discount stores are:
- Canned beans
- Peanut butter
- Crackers and chips
Download Coupons Before You Shop
Coupons remain one of the most effective ways to save a bundle at the grocery store. Plan out your list beforehand so you know what type of coupons you should search. Go to sites of your favorite brands to see what sort of deals they offer. For example, we post printable coupons for sausage online.
Choose Recipes Utilizing Inexpensive Foods
Part of saving on your grocery bill is choosing the right items to purchase. When you make up your weekly menu, search out recipes that include low-priced ingredients. If you use Premio Foods’ recipe page, for instance, you may look for cheap Italian sausage recipes, which utilize pantry staples so you only have to purchase a few items.
A few favorites include:
Set a Budget for Eating Out
On days when you haven’t planned a meal, it is oh-so-tempting to grab takeout on the way home from work rather than whipping something up for your family to eat for dinner. If this happens occasionally, it’s no big deal. But if it starts happening several times a week, that can put a huge dent in your bank account.
Set a monthly budget for eating out, and stick to it. Meal planning for the coming week can help. When you know what you have planned for dinner and that the sausage for your meal is defrosting in the fridge, you’re less likely to pop into a carryout place.
Use all these tips and you’ll find saving money on food isn’t too hard after all.