Have you ever had the experience(s) of arming yourself with grocery store sale ads, a strict list, a fist-full of coupons, and a menu plan only to go over budget by 50-60%? My wife and I had that experience recently by leaving the store with a $160 shopping receipt and a "what the hell" look on our face.
The key to sticking to budget is with planning. Normally, we will go through the sale fliers to find the sales and loss leader items. From there, we plan our weekly menu not only for main meals but for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and whatever food we need to buy. We recently took inventory of our freezer and pantry to know what we have which makes it easier to plan what we need. How could we possibly need $160 worth of food for two people??? I blamed it on the few $1 and $2 things not in the plan that made it to our shopping cart. But the reality was it was a combination of impulse buys and buying duplicates of things we had in the house that was "hidden."
We have lately found some new "fun" recipes to try and as exciting as that is, it is really important to use what we have, to freeze leftovers for future meals, to only buy things with coupons that we want/need not just because we have a coupon for it.
What are some of your tips that helps you stick to your food budget??? How do you shop and/or save???
Diabetic or not, we all need to cut costs but get the most from our health and wealth.
I am always looking for ideas and discussions on money matters so if you would help me and others, it would be appreciated.
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