Day 20: How to Maximize Your Food Budget

Happy Saturday everyone! Are you having a good start to your weekend? Today I’d like to share a little strategy for maximizing your food budget, one of the hardest areas of your budget to stay under control.

Here is my strategy for food shopping:

Superstores: Buy stuff in bulk! Toilet paper, coffee, paper towels, toothpaste, paper goods, crackers, pastas, canned tomatoes,and other non-perishable items. We have a membership to a super store and while it may be an expensive trip each time we go, it saves us a lot of money in the long run by stocking up on things that don’t go bad easily.

Grocery Store: This is your basic grocery list: cheese, yogurt, eggs, everyday vegetables, milk, bread, coffee creamer, etc.

Farmer’s Market: When in season, I love to get all of my fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market. It is sometimes cheaper than the grocery store (may vary on the market), but is so much better than the fruits and veggies sitting on the produce stands in your grocery store! I also love their fresh flowers! My favorite arrangements come from the Farmer’s Market — colorful and a little wild.

Health Stores: I would love to shop in Earth Fare or Whole Foods all the time, but it just doesn’t make it in my small food budget. So I like to reserve only the special items for health stores, such as random fruits and veggies you can’t get elsewhere, specialty grains, nut butters, vitamins and organic meat.

Oh, and if you have a coupon, it definitely helps! But I don’t like to go crazy with the coupons. I only use it to buy things I was already planning on purchasing, otherwise I tend to spend more on something I wasn’t originally needing. But everyone is different. :)

What type of store do you typically shop at?

This is post 20 of a 31-day series on Financial Freedom. Click here to see all of the posts.