With me in school and my husband going from full time to part time, we are going to need to tighten the purse strings. We have had a working budget in place for a long time now, but with this sudden reduction in money, we had to rework it. With a family of four, two of whom are healthy growing kids, we spend a good chunk of our budget on food. Now more than ever it is critically important that I find some ways to save at the grocery store. Here are some great tips for cutting costs on your food budget without eating beans and rice every night:
- Take Stock:Before you plan your shopping trip you need to take inventory of what you have at home. Make a list the is categorized by food type to make it easier to follow.
- Menu:Before you head out the door, you have one more job and that is to make a menu, preferable for the month rather than the week. Try to create dishes that will include items you already have to save money on your upcoming trip.
- Coupons:Make it a habit to clip coupons and to look over the sales flyers at the local groceries. You don’t have to be an extreme coupon expert to save on your grocery bill! Warning! Do not clip coupons for the same of clipping coupons! If you don’t use an item, don’t clip the coupon.
- Substitute:Try to cut out the protein from at least 2 meals per week and replace it with beans, eggs, legumes, etc.
- Buy Fresh:When you can, buy fresh produce in season because it is healthier and less expensive than when it is out of season. If you want a food that is a favorite that is only around a few months a year, head to the frozen food section. The quality is much better than it used to be and you are opening up more choices. If you are able to buy fresh fruits and veggies, you need to get the most of them by extending their life. With the BluApple, you can keep them fresher longer, and therefore saving money on your food bill.
Save Money By Keeping Produce Fresh Longer
As much as my family loves eating fresh produce, we are bad about not eating it all before it goes bad. An example is cherry or grape tomatoes, which I love for salads and snacking. Because they come in the little container, you can’t get a smaller amount. I can’t eat them fast enough before they go bad and at more than $3 per container, that is a huge waste. According to a USDA study, the average family wastes more than $600 per year in wasted food, and if they buy organic, the cost is more. With this information, it is vitally important families find a way to save money by keeping produce fresh longer. When my BluApple arrives, I was ready to put it to the test because my husband had said he was done buying produce if I was going to waste it. The BluApple system, when paired with the correct storage, can extend the life of your produce by up to 3 times than without it. First you need to find out of your produce should be stored with or without refrigeration, as this impacts the flavor and life of you produce greatly. Fresh produce gives off Ethylene gas naturally to to coordinate uniform ripening. Once that gas is concentrated in your fridge, it makes the food spoil because the ripening speeds up. The BluApple absorbs that gas for up to 3 months, therefore saving it from spoiling so easily. I love that the BluApple is literally as easy to use as opening the package and placing it in the crisper! I just need to remember to replace the little guy when its 3 months is up! You can buy the BluApple on their website, Amazon and other specialty stores for $9.95 for a pack of two as well as a year’s supply of refills for the same cost.
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