We all need a few ideas on how to save money on groceries, right? I am glad I learned the skills when I was younger to eat on a small budget. I grew up on some food I couldn’t afford to feed my family, and that might not have been that good for me, but I am still alive and well. Here’s the deal…I very rarely buy fresh meat. It does not fit into my budget. My husband would love some fresh salmon or some juicy steaks…sorry that’s not going to happen.
We would rather save money and use it somewhere else. I’ve outlined below some ideas for you to review and decide if they would work for you and your family as you try to eat healthy without going broke.
Save Money On Groceries Today
1. Make meals at home:
If stay away from fast food and restaurants-trust me you will save money and know what is in your food.
2. Learn to make bread:
If you can use the dough to make scones, cinnamon rolls, Navajo tacos, pizza and my dinner rolls
Make are a great way to make a meal stretch and easy to make: Homemade Biscuits. Do you love the feel of dough as much as I do?
4. Keep Beans In The Pantry:
available to make chili and a variety of soups. I have a large variety of beans in my kitchen pantry. I buy them in bags and in cans. They are so much cheaper in the bags…usually half the price of the canned ones. But the food storage person that I am tells me to store all kinds of beans. I store lots of beans, every kind of bean possible. They are a great source of protein. If someone stops in to visit I can throw together a great pot of chili! Here is a yummy recipe: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili.
5. Save money by storing pasta:
Buy or make your own pasta. I know this can be a little scary for people to think of making pasta, but it really is easy. All the ingredients are in our pantry to make our own pasta. I also realize that meal preparation time is important with all families, and it does take extra time, but it also saves you money. Although kids love making pasta, it does take extra time…just saying…
6. Check out your local grocery store:
Ask when they bring out the discounted meat-take it home and freeze it
7. Make your own spaghetti sauce:
….easy peasy. If you can/preserve your own tomatoes that could be used for the sauce that is awesome, or just buy tomato paste, add water and spices. You can even freeze your excess tomatoes you have without peeling them. I make spaghetti, chili, lasagna, you name it. Easy peasy. I blend them in the blender so I can’t taste the skins. Freeze Your Excess Tomatoes.
8. Learn to make freezer meals:
Here is a great link from my friend @ Frugality Gal. She is an expert at saving money and being frugal.
9. Most of us get flyers in the mail with coupons:
Here’s the deal with coupons…only use the coupons on food you really need and are not processed food items. I do like coupons to save money on toothpaste, diapers, toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner.
10. Purchase a slow cooker:
This will save you time and money…you can cook almost any meal in a slow cooker.
11. Buy canned chicken:
Or pressure can your own chicken and it’s ready to throw into any slow cooker recipe, soup or casserole
12. Stock up on sale items when your budget allows it:
If your pantry is stocked there is no need to go to the grocery store. The more you stay out of the grocery store….the more you save money.
13. Rice can stretch any meal:
Brown rice will not store as long as white rice. I could have rice every day. Spanish rice, herbed rice, chicken over rice and just plain rice with butter, salt & pepper. One of my favorite rice recipes: Chicken, Rice and Water Chestnut Casserole.
14. Learn to grow a garden:
If you have a small or large yard most can produce enough veggies or fruits to sustain life. If you can produce enough to preserve in jars, that is even better.
15. Get a FoodSaver:
Buy stuff in large packages (if it is cheaper, compare the cost per oz or lb) and make your own baggies of cheese or nuts. I buy large bags of nuts and seal them in smaller bags for the freezer. I use mine for brown sugar, raisins, #10 cans I have opened and want to store in smaller glass jars. The list goes on and on how you can use this gem.
16. Save money by:
Buying case lot food items that you will for sure use. I have to have Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup. I have tried cream of chicken soup recipes from scratch…nope, I do not like them nearly as much. Some things you must buy processed. Processed is a bad word…but this one is a must for me.
17. Cabbage is a great salad maker for me because it lasts longer than lettuce:
Add a little olive oil and Balsamic vinegar…yummy! I buy large bags of spinach and freeze them in smaller bags for smoothies or omelets. In the summer I pick lettuce from my garden. Lettuce is really easy to grow. My favorite is: Burpee Butter Beauty Lettuce. You can also make 6 Different Salads for 6 Days and use a FoodSaver to remove the air to make the contents last longer. I have had them last 2 weeks.
18. Stock up on your favorite spices:
My favorite spices are pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper. These would be my favorites for beans and main dishes. Of course we still need the other yummy spices for cookies….just saying…yep I have a sweet tooth.
19. Save time and money by freezing your cooked pasta:
I have 20 ways to use frozen pasta. It’s great for meals at the last minute.
20. Make a cake from scratch….not from a cake mix box.
This is our family’s favorite cake: Utah/Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake.
21. Pick up an extra can or two each week for your pantry:
If you want to have a few items for long term food storage here is the list I recommend: 20 Items To Start Your Food Storage.
22. Experiment with different grains and seeds:
Have you tried Quinoa? Just the word scared me. Yep, what in the world is Quinoa? Now I love it! Now I buy red, black and white quinoa in larger containers to save money. Check out How to Cook Quinoa.
23. Diced Tomatoes:
I can make most any meal with some diced tomatoes. I know this might be part of the canned good case goods, but I would buy or can as many tomatoes as possible. Dehydrating them is great as well. I make my own Rotel tomatoes…just add some green chilies..love it! Can you smell the garlic bread you can make to go with a pan of lasagna? One Hour French Bread. Save money again by making your own garlic bread!
24. Roasted Chicken:
Did you know that some stores sell the chickens at half price if they are not sold within a certain amount of time? Good time to stock up, debone and freeze it.
25. Buy chocolate on sale after holidays:
The stores drastically reduce the price. You can use a FoodSaver to preserve them a bit longer. Or you can freeze them. I need chocolate…it’s who I am. Holiday Candy .
If you have any more ideas to add to my 25 ways to save money on groceries….please drop me a note. I will add them to the list! Here’s to saving $$$$.