As I mentioned the other day, we really don’t have a rhyme or reason when it comes to grocery shopping. I prefer to shop once a week or so and plan meals, and Mr. Money goes the fresher route and wants to shop every day. I’m a little type A, so that doesn’t fly well with me. I’m trying to come up with a grocery budget and meal planning solution that makes both of us happy. Here are some of the things I am doing:
-Set a certain amount of money each month aside specifically for groceries and specifically for eating out. This is something we don’t do and probably would benefit us greatly. We just fly by the seat of our pants when it comes to the amount of money we spend on food, and food is one of those categories that I won’t sacrifice quality on. I want good quality food, and I know that is going to cost me more. I do think we can figure out exactly how much we want to spend each month and then meal plan from there.
-Limit the amount of times we set foot in the grocery store. I know that most people are tempted when they shop more, so it will help us save money if we limit the number of times we go shopping.
-Pack lunches the night before so I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat for lunch. Not only will it save me time, but it will also save me money as well.
-Maybe start doing a cash budgeting system for food and groceries. I know we’ve been bad in the past if we don’t have food we’ll just eat out. We all know that’s not good for the waistline or the budget. We need to scale back on that but find a good balance.
-Start eating more vegetarian meals. I’ve started eating good quality meat but I notice when I eat a lot of it I don’t feel as good as I could. Eating more vegetarian meals will save us money and hopefully help our health. Meat, especially good quality meat, is super expensive!
-Grow a bigger garden and preserve more food. Last year our garden wasn’t too productive, and I’m hoping this year will be much better. I want to learn how to can green beans this year!
These are some of the ideas to help us with grocery budgeting. Do you have any more tips?