- 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
- A discount card