How to Keep your Food Budget in Shape

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If you’re spending way too much money on food, the simplest fix is to eat out less. If dining out isn’t a huge problem for you, then it’s time to look at other solutions. Here are three easy ways you can cut back on your food budget…

Don’t stray at the store: It might be convenient to get all your shopping done at one place, but that may be a mistake. There are certain items you CAN buy at the grocery store, but you really shouldn’t if you’re looking to save. Cleaning products and anything from the pharmacy section are a couple of things that come to mind. You probably don’t love having to make an extra trip, but you can save a bundle by making a run to Target or Walmart.

Avoid what’s not on your list: No matter where you’re shopping, you probably have a tendency to buy that one thing that wasn’t on your list. This can really get you in trouble when you’re at the grocery store. This is especially true if you’re shopping while hungry. When you catch yourself making this mistake, give yourself an SUI. Shopping under the influence of hunger is a crime against your wallet. Make sure your list is complete before you go to the store and then make yourself stick to it.

Sometimes it pays to get the big pack: Don’t buy more than you really need, but for those items you constantly buy (and aren’t really perishable), it may be in your best interest to get a larger pack. If you’re a regular shopper at Costco or Sam’s Club, you probably know about saving by buying in bulk. But even if your’e not a member of these shopping clubs, you can still take this approach at your local grocery store. Just pay close attention, because the big packs aren’t always a great deal.

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