With Financial Literacy month starting on Sunday, I want to help you to save more money. I figure that the best way to do that is by consulting the experts, and by experts I mean you. I know you have some tried and true money savings tips! As they say, “Only the foolish learn from experience – the wise learn from the experience of others.”
I love picking up tips from other people. This April, I want you to show off your savings expertise. Watch Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. I’ll be giving you different savings topics throughout the month and asking for your advice.
The first topic is food shopping. How do you save money on groceries? I’ll start the conversation by telling you how I do it.
- On Sunday, I sit down and make a list of what we need during the week. That includes a meal plan.
- When I plan my meals, I make sure that I plan some leftovers so I don’t have to cook every night. Sometimes, I even cook ahead on the weekends and freeze the extra food. (Ordering take-out can be a downfall to my budget.)
- My meal planning also revolves around sales. That’s why I like doing meal planning on the weekend with the Sunday paper in front of me.
- Speaking of the Sunday paper… Yes, I do use coupons. I don’t make myself crazy. I cut them out of the weekend fliers and sometimes will even go to the manufacturer’s website to download them.
- Then, I calculate how much my plan will cost me. I compare my cost to my budget and make adjustments to my food plan if it looks too pricey.
- Finally, I shop for food with cash. This stops me from over-spending. If I use my debit card, I find myself adding items to the cart that I hadn’t planned on buying.
What do you do to save money when you food shop? Join the discussion.
Remember to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to answer this and other questions throughout the month of April. You could literally save someone else’s bacon, and learn some new tricks yourself!