How to Reduce Your Food Bill

Wouldn't it be nice if filling your belly didn't require emptying your wallet? The following strategies can help you get more for less.


  • Step 1: Determine budget Determine the amount of money you have available to spend on food.
  • Step 2: Make a list Make a list of the food items you need or want and stick to that list when you go shopping.
  • TIP: Make at least one meal from basic ingredients such as rice and beans. They are tasty, filling, and cheap.
  • Step 3: Use coupons Use coupons that offer discounts for the items on your list. Apply for your grocer's discount card to take advantage of sale prices and shopper's rewards.
  • TIP: If money is particularly tight, you may qualify for government assistance. Check with your local agencies.
  • Step 4: Buy store brands Buy store brands instead of name brands. They often have the same ingredients, but cost less.
  • Step 5: Buy bulk Stock up on bulk items that you use often and that are freezable or non-perishable.
  • TIP: Have a snack before you go to the store. Hunger may lead to impulsive purchases.
  • Step 6: Comparison shop Comparison shop at different grocers and farmer's markets.
  • Step 7: Waste not, want not Stretch your budget by using leftovers for lunches and other meals.
  • FACT: Americans eat nine times more broccoli today than they did in 1970.

You Will Need

  • A budget
  • A shopping list
  • Coupons
  • A discount card

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