Food is expensive and I’d much rather spend my food money on something else. A trip to Thailand sounds pretty great. But you know, I don’t feel like dying and I don’t want to deal with the effects of starvation. So here I am, still buying food. And let’s be honest.
I’m not going to photosynthesize any time soon.
It’s horrible, I know. But until the plant gods have blessed me with the ability to make my own glucose, I might as well save money on groceries before it’s too late.
Here are 7 simple ways to save money on food:
1. Pay with cash
Think about how it feels to spend $30 and cash versus spending it with a credit or debit card. It’s a whole lot different.
Credit and debit cards create a disconnect between how much you spend and how you feel about it. If you’ve only got $50 in your wallet, you’re going to be a whole lot more cautious with how you spend your money. But, if you have $1,000 lying around in your bank account, you can’t really see what you’re spending.
Unlike with cash, whenever you use your credit or debit card, you physically don’t have to part with your money which makes it a whole lot easier to spend more. It’s a little harder to be so reckless and wasteful when you can see the dollars disappearing from your wallet.
2. Take pictures of what you have
It’s easy to overspend when you don’t know exactly what you have. Therefore, before you go to the grocery store, make sure that you take pictures of your cabinets or pantry. That way, you won’t have to drink a gallon of milk or eat 10 apples before they go bad.
3. Make a list
Making a list will save you time and money. Not only will it ensure that you only buy things that you need, it will also prevent you from going to the grocery store more than you have to (and buying even more things that you don’t need). When you make a list, you’re not going to forget to buy that really important thing you needed and have to go back.
4. Don’t buy items that you rarely use
It might be tempting to experiment with different ingredients and spices. However, if you’re buying items for a recipe and then you’re never using it again, it might be better to rethink what you’re spending on.
It’ll save you a ton of money.
5. Re-purpose your leftovers
Instead of throwing out leftovers, I can give them new lifes. Things like bones, meat, and vegetables can be used for soups. My pressure cooker has been a lifesaver for this reason. I can throw in whatever I want in there with some water and voila, I’ve got a lovely soup.
6. Focus on staples
Things like rice, beans, and pasta are very versatile and are super cheap. These foods taste great without putting a damper on your wallet. Here are just a few of the things that you can make with these foods:
- 20 Tasty Ways to Make Rice a Meal
- 55 Bean Recipes You’ll Be Making All Year Long
- 15 Best Quick and Easy Pasta Recipes
7. Don’t shop when you’re hungry
Shopping when you’re hungry is going to make you spend more than you want. Let’s face it. When you’re hungry, buying a bunch of snacks seems like a good idea. Even if you don’t eat them all.