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.
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.
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.
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.
Stop buying bottled water. Yes, water is the best beverage for you but carrying store bought water just ain't cool anymore.
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?
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.
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.
I hope these tips to save money on groceries help your budget. These are all in an attempt to make your money more efficient.
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