SLASH YOUR GROCERY BUDGET

1. Cook from scratch. This has been one of the big money savers for me. Learning how to bake from scratch has saved me from purchasing store bought deserts and snacks. I have no need for items such as toaster strudel or frozen waffles since I know how to make these things and home. Many of the items that I now bake can be cooked ahead and frozen for use at a later time. Waffles, pancakes, muffins, baked oatmeal and mini egg omelets can be baked, frozen and used in the same way that I would a frozen store bought meal.

2. Making things at home such as laundry detergent, household cleaners and dishwasher powder has eliminated these costs from my grocery bill. These three items take no time to make. One batch last so much longer than what I would buy at the store and it cost less per ounce to use. Some other things that I also make include taco seasoning, dried herbs, Italian seasoning, spaghetti sauce, hot cocoa mix, dishcloths and washcloths.

3. Buying items in bulk. I am completely sold on the concept of buying in bulk. I do some of my bulk shopping at warehouse stores and some items I just purchase in large quantities when I see rock bottom prices. Flour, Lawry’s seasoning; rice and yeast are items that I faithfully purchase at Sam’s Club. Things such as cereal for $1 or less are items that I will buy in bulk. Tissue, paper towel, deodorant, and feminine products are also items that I’ll buy in bulk. Here’s why I shop bulk and here’s how it saves me money. When I buy in bulk I am able to reduce my trips to the grocery stores by reducing my dependency on the grocer.

4. Clip coupons and use them. You don’t need to become a coupon clipping addict, however you do need to practice matching coupons with sale items. This has made a substantial difference in the amount of groceries that I am able to get for my money. Using coupons has also enabled me to purchase some items that I would not normally buy had they not been on sale and combined with a coupon.