Tips to Save Money on Groceries

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To save money on groceries today is huge since the price of food is going up like the price of gas. I'm going to give you a couple of strategies to save money here that can also save your health...and the world.

OK, you might not save the world but they are just better for the environment.

Skip the Butcher

Now, this is not a ploy to get you to become vegan or vegetarian, but try cutting some meat from your diet. We totally cut meat from our diet for personal reasons but in the end, it has really helped us save money on groceries. This was a very pleasant byproduct of our decision.

  • Save Money - According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a pound of sirloin steak is about $6.20. You can get a 15-ounce can of beans for $.90. If your family replaces a steak dinner ($9.30 for 1½ pounds) with a fresh bean and vegetable salad ($1.80 for two cans of beans) once a week, you will save $7.50. After a year, that’s an extra $390 (RealSimple.com).

  • Save Your Health - Eating meat creates an acidic environment where abnormal cells can thrive, such as cancerous cells. According to a study performed by the American Cancer Society, American men have slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3.

    Eating less meat decreases your chances for getting cancer. And you want to talk about expensive? According to the study:

    The National Institute of Health estimates overall costs of cancer in 2010 at $263.8 billion.

    Imagine the savings on medicine, care, and even preventative measures.

  • Save the World - The production of meat is the number one cause of global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and other risks to the environment. If each person decreased 1 meat serving per week, it would be the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the road.

Again, I'm not saying to give up meat altogether and hug a tree outside. But, you might want to consider decreasing consumption if it can help your wallet, your gut, and the planet.

Don't Drown because of Water

Stop buying bottled water. Yes, water is the best beverage for you but carrying store bought water just ain't cool anymore.

  • Save Money - Worldwide, bottled water sales average between $50 and $100 billion each year, with the market expanding at the startling annual rate of 7 percent. And, it's costing you a a bundle.

    Let's say that a 20oz bottle of water costs $1 (pretty hard to find these days). That's 5 cents an oz. Most municipal water costs less than 1 cent per gallon! See the savings?

  • Save Your Health - I think we all know the health benefits of water. Keeps you hydrated, flushes your system, keeps your skin young...blah blah blah. Nothing new here.

    The shocking thing is that bottled water doesn't offer you any more benefits than tap water. Don't believe me? CNN ran a story about PepsiCo and how it will now spell out on its labels that its Aquafina bottled water is made with...you got it...tap water.

  • Save the World - Compared to a liter of tap water, producing a liter of bottled water requires as much as 2,000 times more energy. And what happens to those plastic bottles? Sure, you can recycle them, but it's still extra energy to do so.

Go Generic

Probably the best advice to save money on groceries is to go generic.

Whenever you buy name brand items, you're not only paying for the goods, but you're also paying for the packaging, advertising, and marketing of that item. Do you really need a tiger on your cereal box? I've never heard of elves eating cookies and living in trees.

We buy a mixture of the two. I have to admit that some name brand items taste better than the generic brands. Other times, I can't tell the difference. You'll often find that the ingredients are exactly the same!

So here's my challenge to you: next time you go shopping and you see a store brand of the item that you want, try it. If it is comparable to the name brand, stick with it. If not, go back.

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I hope these tips to save money on groceries help your budget. These are all in an attempt to make your money more efficient.

Feel like sharing your grocery saving strategies? Tell us below...we'd love to hear them!

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