Learn How to Stop Wasteful Spending at the Grocery Store with Easy Meal Planning and Daily Dinner Ideas

Friday, January 9, 2009

Meal planning can save you money? You Bet!

OK .... We will see a show of hands. How many of you know how much money you spend each month on groceries?

A recent scientific study conducted outside of a store in San Francisco results. It does not seem to follow most people of how they spend a lot of money on groceries, because the trips to the grocery store usually include non-food items such as health and beauty products, products pet, etc., and there are usually several trips a week. Which examines the revenue? Is it that most of us go to the store armed with a list of only the essentials? The answer is a resounding "NO!"

Multiple trips to the grocery store seem almost always to the purchase of unnecessary items. You have a coupon. You see a new product that looks interesting. You choose the two even if you only need one, because there is a sale, and never move from the second point. A federal study in 90 years found that the average family of four throws about 120 pounds of food each month of waste - approximately 1 pound per day per person. Now, if you assume that some of those who come from 120 pounds? The purchase of foods that are used only half, not at all, and finally thrown in the trash ... literally.

What does this mean for the average consumer? Very simply, it means that you spend your hard earned money on food that you do not fair. During these times of economic turbulence, we can certainly learn to avoid wasting some of our money by just following a few simple guidelines. Here's how, in a word:

  • Plan a menu for the week. Decide what you want to prepare meals every night, and make your shopping list based on the evidence you need.
  • Add to the non-grocery products you need. Just the essentials.
  • Clip coupons. Do yourself a favor and only for items clip coupons you know you are going to use. Everything else is just a waste of your time.
  • Watch for sales and purchase multiple items if you have room for them and you know them.
After several weeks, once you are familiar with the preparation of menus and shopping list, you begin to see a pattern emerging. You should spend about the same amount each week. If you follow these simple tips, you will be surprised to see how you can reduce your grocery bill.

Planning meals in advance not only saves money, but it is also more balanced way of eating smart. With careful planning, you just make a weekly trip to the grocery terrible! By reducing spontaneous purchases, you'll have more time to prepare meals from the menu you need. Eating fast food and take-out can also be eliminated. This does not mean that you eat out should be completely eliminated, but it must be something to hope, instead of a need for last minute.

When planning your meals in advance, you eliminate multiple trips to the grocery store. You have more time to spend with your family at a time when less than half of American families dinner together. Even if you play often bus after work or school, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you have a meal plan, recipe, ingredients and when you get home. Plan your meal! De-stress your life! Save money! What's not to love?


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