Learn to Save Money on Groceries without Resorting to a Ramen-Only Diet

Learn to save money on groceries without going hungry.

Learn to Save Money on GroceriesIt’s easy to learn to save money on groceries once you formulate a plan. If you’re struggling to put enough food on the table, you’re not alone! According to the Food Research & Action Center, food hardship is on the rise in the U.S. and Georgia ranks ninth among the states hardest hit. Thankfully, the following tips will help you save without anyone going to bed hungry.

Start with Small Changes

Remember that ad slogan? Pringles – you can’t eat just one? It’s true because of the way manufacturers make potato chips. They taste good, but they also encourage people to eat … and eat … and eat … until the products are gone. Then? You buy more of them! This is why your first step in saving on groceries is avoiding processed foods. 

Now, hold on a second! Making your own meals is faster and easier than you think. The hardest part is adopting new habits. You wash vegetables instead of opening boxes. You slice and chop instead of peeling back cellophane. These actions are new and different, but you get used to them quickly. The results are worth the benefits to your health – and your bank account. 

You don’t have to make these changes all at once or make absolutely everything from scratch either. Replace a freezer meal with pasta, sauce and vegetables by using a box of pasta, a can of sauce and a frozen mix of beans and carrots. You’ll still save approximately half off your normal costs. Once you get comfortable with minor changes, upgrade to fresh produce from the farmers’ market or growing them in your own garden. 

Focus on Filling Foods

Just like some foods purposefully leave you hungry, there are fresh foods containing nutrients that help you stay full. Plan your meals around them to maximize your grocery dollars. According to Healthline, these are the top filling foods:

  • Boiled potatoes
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Soup (surprising, but true!)
  • Beef and other meats
  • Greek yogurt
  • Vegetables
  • Cottage cheese
  • Legumes (beans, peanuts, lentils)
  • Apples, oranges and other fruits
  • Quinoa
  • Nuts
  • Coconut oil
  • Popcorn

See? There’s a reason restaurants serve soup and salad before the main course. They know it will send their patrons home more satisfied. Use those tricks in your own meals to stretch the impact of your food budget. 

Shop with a List

Once you know the types of foods you want to bring home every week, make a list and get to work. Whether you’re shopping for items online or in the store, you should limit the foods you buy to items on your list. It’s too easy to fall prey to marketing tactics and buy things in the store you don’t want or need. 

It’s a simple step, but so important. Studies show 40% of groceries wind up in the garbage. Nearly half of the money people spend on groceries goes to waste. Making meal plans and grocery lists helps you determine the correct amount of groceries you need and the items you’re going to eat. Being prepared helps prevent major food waste, and it also prevents emissions from the food once it hits the dump. 

Unfortunately, some food waste is inevitable. Learn how to put leftover food to its best use. There are a number of ways to use those odds and ends:

  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Smoothies
  • Sauces

You can add many items to future meals to make them more filling and nutritious. They don’t have to be in perfect shape either, so if the last of your berries are getting a little too soft? Throw them in the freezer. Blend into a smoothie or stir into muffin batter or oatmeal later. Boil those brown apples down into applesauce or coat them in cinnamon and brown sugar, cover with foil and bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 50 minutes. 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and opt for eating less – or simply, less healthy. You and your family deserve more. 

Visit your nearest Title Tree store for more tips on how to save money on groceries – or if you need a little help making ends meet right about now.