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Groceries on a Budget
Apr 01 2011 08:00 PM | Vicky Collins  in Feeding Your Family -----
Feeding your family can be very costly, especially when you have growing children and some picky eaters.

Here are some suggestions on how to save at the grocery store:

1) Buy what’s on sale. I know it may seem like an obvious idea, but often I start to reach for a box of cereal when I notice another cereal I like is ½ price.

If you pay attention long enough, you will find that one or more brands are usually on sale during any given week. Be less brand loyal and you will save at the register.

2) Buy in season. The prices for produce can vary immensely. If you like berries and some of the other costly fruits, buy in bulk and freeze them.

3) Stock up on non-perishables when they are on sale, especially if you have room for it. I don’t mean buy 20 cans of soup, but if the tuna you like is on sale, buy a few extras.

4) Make a list before you shop and plan your meals around food you have in the house. I can’t tell you how many times I have purchased an item and then when I get home realize I already had it.

5) Once a month, commit to using what you have in the house. Go through your refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Get creative and make some new recipes.

Feeding your family can be very costly. With the right planning and effort you can feed your family healthy meals, made with love and without breaking the bank.

Vicky Collins is a Jersey Girl who relocated to Austin, TX. She has been married to Shawn since May 1996, and they have four children (Caity, Lexie, Kerri, and Jack) and a shelter dog (Mattingly). Through a recipe of discipline and various financial strategies, she has not carried credit card debt since the mid-90's. Vicky preaches to her friends and occasional strangers that it’s imperative for women to understand and be involved in family money matters, and blogs about it at Follow Ask the Mama on Twitter and Facebook.


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