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4 Great Grocery Tips For More Money, Time and Health

4 Great Grocery Tips For More Money, Time and Health

By Sheryl Rothert

Everyone would like a little extra money in their pockets.

What if I told you that you could possibly save $50 to $200 a month and also get healthier in the process. Would you be interested?

Well, by just taking a little time and thinking about the food you need for the month, you can do this.

Here are four tips to help get you started on saving and eating better too!

Tip # 1: Build A Meal Plan

When you bring groceries into your house, if they don’t have a designated use from a plan, they sometimes tend to be wasted. And that means dollars wasted, as well.

By creating a meal plan, you are able to design a meal road map for the month. You can ensure that you plan for well balanced and nutritious meals.

By planning in advance, you take the guess work out of ‘what do you want to eat for dinner’ and also know that you will have the necessary ingredients on hand.

As well, if you have a plan, you can incorporate leftovers into your plan. This means FREE food! Free, healthy food!
The use of leftovers keeps your meal plan simple, as you designate certain nights for chicken, beef, pork, and fish, with the nights in between for leftovers. This also has the added bonus of not having to cook some nights, which means less cooking and more time for other activities.

For the nights you will be cooking, plan healthy recipes for the basic foods you want to use and try to keep things as simple as possible.

As you build your meal plan, use nutritional guidelines to help ensure you include the foods your body needs to have, in the proper amounts. Include breakfast, lunch and snacks in your plan and then you will be all set to eat the foods you should, in the amounts you should.

Once you have a meal plan, it is easy to build on basics for the following months.

Tip # 2: Create an Organized Grocery List

From your meal plan, you can easily build an organized grocery list. Place the needed foods in categories, so it will save you time in the store – extra zigzagging means extra time spent in the store – no one needs that! The less times you go to the store and the less time spent in the store, the less likely you are to purchase extra foods that are not needed, with more money spent!

Once your list is made, estimate the cost of your items, so you will have an approximate total of how much your groceries will cost. You will need to know this for the next step.

Tip # 3: Pay by Cash

That’s right – pay by cash. This activity alone can save a lot of money, as it’s very easy to go beyond your list when the credit and even debit card is handy.

When you have the amounts noted on your list, you can look for meat and produce that stays close to your estimates, also checking how close you are to your estimates for the next time you make your list.

Tip # 4: Put Your Groceries Away

Once you arrive home with your groceries, which you worked so hard to plan and purchase, be sure to store them so they last the best in your fridge and pantry.

The last thing you want to do is have to throw something out. If you do – there goes all your carefully planned purchases (and money!).

If you have never approached grocery shopping this way before, you may find it a bit constraining in the beginning. But after a short while of doing it this way, you will discover it will start to become quite natural.

But the really best part of all of this planned approach is when you start to feel more confident about the nutritious food you and your family are eating with the really big added bonus of all that extra cash in your pocket.
You will then begin to wonder how you ever managed shopping for groceries before.

All the best, as you proceed to start your venture to see what you can find in your grocery bag!

Sheryl Rothert lives in Calgary and is the author of the book, Found: Health, Wealth and Time in A Grocery Bag. Formerly a Home Economics Teacher, Sheryl is now a Financial Advisor. Sheryl created a system years ago for her family to eat nutritious, meals while keeping within a spending plan that created more savings for other necessities. Retirement savings was the main focus to start, but then Sheryl found this system also to be the path to more health and more time: easy, quick, low cost nutritious meals for during the week of busy activities.

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