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In general, purchasing groceries to prepare your own meals is far less expensive than eating out. Still, are you hemorrhaging money at the supermarket without realizing you’re leaving a trail of discarded cash in your wake?
Here’s a real life example: I know that I can nab a medium cheese pizza from the local Italian place for about $10, but I can walk into my my grocery store and pick up a frozen pie for $8. I’ve saved $2, right? Not so fast. I’m still giving away my hard-earned money when I could be even smarter with my spending.
The Solution: Watch for sales and stock up.
With the smallest amount of effort, I could scan my grocery store’s weekly ads to see when my favorite frozen pizza goes on sale for $5 and stock up then! Big savings!
But wait! With a little extra time, I can nab the ingredients I need to make my own homemade cheese pizza when grocery prices hit rock-bottom. Without skimping on any of that gooey cheese, I can create a large homemade pie for under $2, which will fill my families’ hungry tummies for 2 – 3 meals. For my $10 bill, I’ve gotten 10 – 15 meals’ worth of homemade pizza in lieu of 2 meals from a pizzeria pie!
The moral of the story? Plan your meals around what you have and what’s on sale. When you see rock-bottom prices on items that you know you’ll use and that won’t spoil before you can use them, stock up! Be creative in your storage if you don’t have a large pantry or a lot of cabinet space. The convenience of prepared foods comes with a big markup over the cost of homemade foods, so make your meals from scratch when you’re able. Even when you’re going with pre-made meals and snacks, look for sales and coupons before you buy.
Don’t donate your money to the supermarket!