You don’t need to be a coupon Queen to save money at the grocery store. Here are some useful tips to help cut your grocery bill in half!
Make a List
First and foremost, start with a list. Going to the grocery store without a plan of attack is a sure fire way to spending money on things you don’t need. Spend just a few minutes before heading out doing an inventory of what basics you need so you don’t double up on things you may already have.
Figure out what meals you will be eating at home and plan ahead. Buy staple ingredients that can be used in multiple recipes, especially if they are pricier. Soups and stews are generally made on the cheap and taste even better the next day. Which brings us to…
Eat Your Leftovers
The biggest waste of money is not eating your leftovers. It’s literally like throwing money down the drain! Leftover soups and casserole reheat perfectly the next day for lunch and many leftovers can be repurposed into entirely new meals.
Don’t Shop Hungry
Ok, so you’ve made a list, picked out a menu, and even thought about leftovers. Now here’s a big tip: DON’T SHOP HUNGRY! Impulse buys can really throw you off your budget game and more times than not they are driven by hunger. Plus sugary processed snack foods can be very expensive. So have an apple before shopping and keep away from the snack aisle. (Also, while you’re at it, put down that glossy celebrity magazine! You can find the same article for free online.)
A very simple and easy way to save money on your grocery bill is to shop for seasonal and local produce, which is often much less expensive than the out of season tomatoes that are being shipped in from South America and other far off places (which is bad for both your wallet and the environment). A good tip is buying fruits and vegetables when in season and then preserving by either canning or freezing. Here are some handy tips on preserving fruits and vegetables that will help you enjoy year round savings:
Home Canning 101
Start a Garden
If you have some of your own outdoor space, why not grow your own vegetables? Even a small plot can yield a great harvest and there’s no cheaper way to eat then by growing your own. Gardening is also a great stress reliever. Paula loves gardening with Jack and uses it as an opportunity to teach him about nutrition.
Buy Store Brands
Store brands are often the same ingredients and quality of brand name items, just without the fancy logo. Why pay for the marketing of a product- just buy the product!
Trim the Meat
Meat is often the most expensive item in your grocery cart. Cutting back even once a week will not only help our wallets, but also improve our health. Of course, easier said than done, so try less expensive cuts of meat like flank steak, oxtails, brisket, pork shoulder, or chicken thighs. These cuts are extremely flavorful when cooked low and slow.
What’s your favorite tip for savings? Tell us in the comments below!
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm