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Everyone likes saving money, right?
Since groceries are typically one of the larger expenses each month (and we all have to eat!) if you can find a way to save money on them it’s even better.
Here are some tips on how to maximize your grocery money.
1. Only buy what you need.
This may seem obvious, but it’s really not. Go through your cupboards, refrigerator, freezer, and recipe book before you leave for the store. Make a list of the ingredients you’ll need to make this week’s meals, plus any household goods you may need as well.
(Not sure what you’ll be having for this week’s meals? Check out my friend Erin’s $5 Meal Plan to make it super easy.)
Then, be sure you’ve had a snack before going to the store, because hunger pangs will make it much harder to only buy what you need. (If you’re like me, you’ll end up buying a bunch of junk instead.)
Leave the kids at home, along with anyone else that might be prone to throwing unnecessary items in the cart. If you must bring others, allow yourselves a maximum of one item each that’s not on the list as a treat, and set a dollar limit for those items as well.