6 Tips to Stretch Your Food Budget Without Coupons
Living on a budget can be a challenge at times and I have found over the years the first place people want to try to save money is with their grocery budget. Eating properly and doing it on a budget can be a task but also very rewarding to stay within the budget you have set for your family.
Food Budget is one of the largest monthly expenses of most people even if you are shopping for a family or a single person. I believe that is why it is the first place people try to save. I am sharing some tried and true ways that have helped me save over the years.
TIPS TO STRETCH YOUR FOOD BUDGET
SOUP - Make soup a staple food on your weekly menu. It is very easy to put dibs and dabs of vegetables you have on hand into a pot to makea good soup. Don't forget to put all the chicken bones into a bag and freeze them up until you have enough to make a broth with the chicken bones.
BREAKFAST - Keep it Simple! There is tons of breakfast foods out there but when it comes down to it eggs and yogurt will keep the hunger away longer.
BEANS - Throw more beans into your menu plan rotation. They are a great replacement for meat in a lot of recipes. It is even cheaper is you buy them dry and not canned.
GROW - Grow your own food if you can. This will definitely help stretch your budget. Start with some of the easier foods to grow. I am adding a garden to my backyard this year to help stock up my pantry for the winter season.
COOK - Eating out can kill your budget very quickly. Get the pots and pans out and put them to the test. If you are reading this then the internet is a resource for you. Use it to search out some frugal recipes and add them to your weekly menu plan. To help have meals ready to serve make 2 of the item and put one in the freezer for later.
PLAN - I have said this so many times that is why I kept it for the last thing to do but menu planning really saves a ton. Sit down and make a list of what is in your freezer and pantry to start. Then think of things you can make with just the items you already have on hand. Then look at your local sales to see what is priced the best to add to your grocery list and menu plan.
I would love for you to share the ways you have stretched your food budget and what has worked for you in the comments below.