It's no secret that stocking up on groceries is 10x more affordable than going out to eat every day! Plus the health benefits are considerably higher because you can be in control of the quality of your meals and how fresh your food is. That being said, purchasing groceries can get to be pretty pricey if you don't have a plan or any ideas on how to save. I know I for one can easily drop a couple of hundred bucks at the store and have no “real food” when I get home!
It takes some preparation to save on groceries, and it does help to have a general idea of meal planning. Many of us think to "save money" at the grocery store we have to cut out all the yummy stuff and get down to the bare minimum, but that is simply not true! If money was the only component to consider then we could all just live off of ramen noodles and bread for 30 cents a day... however the quality and health benefits of our food will affect us significantly in the long run. While saving money is our ultimate goal, this list is also supposed to help you get the most for your money.
Make a list:
Having a grocery list will keep you on track of what you actually need to buy. Otherwise, you'll be like me and have a cart full of "groceries" only to get home and realize you still have nothing to eat. I recommend creating your list with categories for each section of the store- so you can save yourself time from going up and down the same aisles.
Meal planning before going shopping can be extremely helpful when creating your list and it's great to have a healthy meal plan for the course of your week. Decide what will you do for breakfast/lunch/dinner each day and make sure your grocery list covers all of the main meals and the ingredients needed per recipe. While it may seem tedious to come up with an entire week's worth of meals, it will save you time and money once you arrive at the store.