As we head into the holidays and the new year, it’s time to re-assess, re-group, and think about saving money. The biggest expense in the average family’s budget is “housing”, which is the rent or mortgage and all utilities, taxes, etc. The second biggest monthly expense is either “transportation” or “food costs”. Ironically, food costs are the easiest of all to cut, and without compromise. You could cut your food costs by as much as half, not by changing WHAT you buy as much as changing WHEN you buy. I call it “INVESTING”
Here’s how INVESTING works…
Most everything you put into your grocery cart, except for fresh produce and milk, went on sale one or more times over the last twelve weeks. If you would have bought more than you needed on the most recent sale, you wouldn’t be paying twice as much today. Over all, you’re still buying the same foods and same quantities, but now you’re simply buying at a different time. Some call this “stocking up”. I call it “investing”.
WHAT ABOUT PERISHABLES? – Yes, you CAN invest in perishables when they’re on sale. Stock up with as much as you will use between now and the date on the package. You can even stock up on sales and even freeze many perishables.
MEAT AT HALF OFF OR MORE - The one or two meat specials of the week are usually 50-67% off as featured on the front page of the circular. Don’t buy one whole chicken when it’s 79 cents a pound. Buy several and freeze. You’re not stuck with eating only chicken this week, because you “invested” in pot roast, pork chops, and more in weeks past, and they are in your freezer for a weekly variety of meat at 50-67% savings. Never buy any other meat, and never pay full price.
DAIRY PRODUCTS LAST UP TO 6 MONTHS according to dates on packages:yogurt and eggs 5 weeks, sour cream 2 months, butter, cream cheese, and other cheeses 6 months. You don’t need to invest in six months of a cheese or butter sale. Remember, these sales come through about once every twelve weeks.
ORANGE JUICE LASTS 5-6 WEEKS according to date. You can also pour off a little for expansion and freeze.
INVEST IN FROZEN FRUIT AND VEGGIES SALES – Stock up on frozen vegetables and frozen fruit when on sale at usually half off. Now, when fresh produce sales are scarce, you can augment meals like soups, casseroles, omelets, quiche, with frozen veggies. Frozen fruit goes into smoothies with juice or yogurt. If you’re worried about losing nutrition on frozen, the USDA says no. FitDay.com explains it well.
FRESH PRODUCE – Shop in season or what’s on featured sales for that week. You can even stock up on fresh produce sales with the help of your freezer. With the exception of apples (which must be cooked first), most all fruit freezes easily after washing, seeding and stemming. Frozen fruit is great in smoothies or for baking. I don’t go to the trouble to blanch and freeze all great sales on fresh produce, but I do for pricey vegetables, like asparagus, which is usually about $4 a pound. When asparagus goes on sale as low as $1 a pound, it’s fast and simple to blanch and freeze for later. A surplus of tomatoes can be diced and frozen in ice cube trays, then transferred to plastic bags to be used in soups, chili, and casseroles.
CENTER STORE FOODS, PANTRY ITEMS – These have a long enough shelf life to last through the twelve week sales cycles.
INVEST IN A DEEP FREEZER – Most people save enough in the first 4 weeks of playing www.TheGroceryGame.com to buy a deep freezer.
WHY INVEST NOW? – We’ve got killer holiday sales events at every supermarket and drugstore, with offerings at the lowest of the year on many foods for your pantry and freezer. Invest!
TAKE 5 MINUTES A DAY / 31 DAY CRASH COURSE IN GROCERY SAVINGS – More tried and true lifestyle changes for grocery savings on My Pinterest. Start with Day 1 to cut your food costs in half without compromise.
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Average savings Family of four – $514 a month