As human beings, we all need to eat food to continue our everyday lives. Avoiding food for a few days and our bodily functions will shut down completely. I'm a firm believer that we are what we eat. Here are a few frugal ways to save on grocery bill so you can have more money set aside for investing.
1. Eat less meat
Meat is expensive, there’s no other way to put it. I’m a meat eater and I love eating meat. Lately, Mrs. T and I have been eating less and less meat. We have been substituting kidney beans, garbanzo beans, split peas, black-eyed peas, and lentils, for meat. We have also been avoiding red meats due to various health benefits. If a recipe calls for ground beef we might use ground turkey for substitute. Even when we make meat dishes like curry or chicken tikka masala, we limit the amount of chicken breasts used and use a lot more vegetables than what the recipe calls for.
2. Buy meat in bulk
We go to Costco about once every month to stock up. We typically get chicken breasts in bulk fro Costco. When we get home we’d repackage the meat and put 2 pieces of chicken breasts in a ziplock bag. When we need chicken we will then take out the ziplock bag and defrost the chicken breasts inside.
3. Have a meal plan
Mrs. T and I have been planning our meals on a 2 week interval. Having a meal plan means you know exactly what you need to shop for and can help you avoiding multiple trips to the grocery stores. Most importantly, you will less likely to fall for impulse buys. Meals can be organized accordingly to avoid wasting items like parsley or cilantro.
4. Keep an eye out for discounts
For items that get used regularly, it’s a good idea to stockpile them when they go on sale. You can store non-perishables very easily, and for perishable items you can usually freeze them for a longer shelf live. For example we use coconut milk quite regularly for curry so whenever canned coconut milk go on sale, Mrs. T and I will stock up.
5. Know what’s in your fridge
A lot of people buy food items, put them in the fridge, then completely forget about them. After a few months, these items rod and needed to be thrown out. What a waste! It’s vital to know exactly what you have in your fridge. Food waste can easily add up. Kerry at Squackfox has an excellent article on how to organize your fridge.
Do you have any frugal tips on how to save on grocery bill?