1. Plan your meals for the week and stick to your list!
Does the idea of meal planning sound intimidating? Is it something you downright avoid? I’m here to tell you that this is one of THE BEST ways to save money on groceries. Meal planning can help reduce the frequency of take-out meals and having that grocery list in your pocket can help reduce those sneaky “impulse purchases”. Creating a grocery list doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you focus on the following staples:
3-4 cost effective protein sources like eggs, canned fish, legumes, or sausages.
3-4 veggies and 2-3 in-season fruits. For the month of April this might include cabbage, carrots, squash, onions, mushrooms, apples, and rhubarb.
2-3 complex carbs like potatoes, buckwheat, and quinoa.
Finally, 3-4 snack items like hummus, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and whole wheat crackers.