How to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year on Your Food Bill

Common sense tells us that when we are hungry, we should never go to the grocery store or corner market to buy food. Why not? When your stomach is rumbling and everything looks and smells good, odds are you will overspend, even though you have the best of intentions. With some well-thought out planning, you can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on the food you purchase.

First you need an action plan. Do you want to save twenty-four hundred dollars a year on your food bill, or two-hundred dollars per month? How can you do that?

Plan dinner menus in advance. Before you go grocery shopping, create a menu of what your family will be eating for the next seven days. On a separate piece of paper, list all necessary items for that menu, after you have rummaged through your pantry and freezer, so as not to unnecessarily purchase something you already have in adequate supply.

Use coupons. I tend to forget I have coupons if I do clip them. But some take coupons to a whole new level by subscribing to two or three Sunday papers so they have two or three times the coupons. They may talk to their neighbors and swap coupons. And there are certainly many websites, such as Coupon Suzy, where you can search and print coupons. Also check those in-store coupons from most grocery chains, which based upon your spending, do encourage you to return. This last weekend I happily used a ten-dollar off in-store coupon from Safeway.

Shop at an outlet store first, then a large grocery chain. Look for some sort of discount grocery store, much like a Grocery Outlet store, the Bargain Market ®, which offers brand name products, including canned goods, meats, vegetables and fruits, at forty to sixty percent below traditional retailers. Note that manufacturer coupons are usually not accepted at a discount grocery store. Take your grocery list and do not deviate. On a usual Saturday, I am saving upwards of sixty-five dollars. Before I head to the local Lucky’s or Safeway, I make sure I have marked off what items I already purchased, which keeps my second grocery store jaunt pretty short. I may only have ten or so items left to purchase.

Eat breakfast at home, take lunch to work, cook dinner at home. Instead of stopping for breakfast twice a week (ten dollars), grabbing fast food dinner twice a week (forty dollars), and always buying lunch at the deli (thirty-five dollars a week), eat breakfast at home, take lunch to work at least three days a week, and have dinner at home five to seven nights a week. Even if you only saved five dollars a day for thirty days, that is a hundred and fifty dollars saved.

You will be surprised at how quickly and easily you can save.

How to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year on Your Food Bill

Common sense tells us that when we are hungry, we should never go to the grocery store or corner market to buy food. Why not? When your stomach is rumbling and everything looks and smells good, odds are you will overspend, even though you have the best of intentions. With some well-thought out planning, you can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on the food you purchase.

First you need an action plan. Do you want to save twenty-four hundred dollars a year on your food bill, or two-hundred dollars per month? How can you do that?

Plan dinner menus in advance. Before you go grocery shopping, create a menu of what your family will be eating for the next seven days. On a separate piece of paper, list all necessary items for that menu, after you have rummaged through your pantry and freezer, so as not to unnecessarily purchase something you already have in adequate supply.

Use coupons. I tend to forget I have coupons if I do clip them. But some take coupons to a whole new level by subscribing to two or three Sunday papers so they have two or three times the coupons. They may talk to their neighbors and swap coupons. And there are certainly many websites, such as Coupon Suzy, where you can search and print coupons. Also check those in-store coupons from most grocery chains, which based upon your spending, do encourage you to return. This last weekend I happily used a ten-dollar off in-store coupon from Safeway.

Shop at an outlet store first, then a large grocery chain. Look for some sort of discount grocery store, much like a Grocery Outlet store, the Bargain Market ®, which offers brand name products, including canned goods, meats, vegetables and fruits, at forty to sixty percent below traditional retailers. Note that manufacturer coupons are usually not accepted at a discount grocery store. Take your grocery list and do not deviate. On a usual Saturday, I am saving upwards of sixty-five dollars. Before I head to the local Lucky’s or Safeway, I make sure I have marked off what items I already purchased, which keeps my second grocery store jaunt pretty short. I may only have ten or so items left to purchase.

Eat breakfast at home, take lunch to work, cook dinner at home. Instead of stopping for breakfast twice a week (ten dollars), grabbing fast food dinner twice a week (forty dollars), and always buying lunch at the deli (thirty-five dollars a week), eat breakfast at home, take lunch to work at least three days a week, and have dinner at home five to seven nights a week. Even if you only saved five dollars a day for thirty days, that is a hundred and fifty dollars saved.

You will be surprised at how quickly and easily you can save.

Spruce Your Dinner Party With Specialty Gourmet Foods

One best way to come together as a family or with your friends is by throwing a party. This is because of the fun and thrills that you are bound to get.

Dinner parties have become so common in the current community thus if you are planning one you need to ensure that it is the bomb and that every person attending the event is fully satisfied. There are many ways in which you can dapper this event, this can include great entertainment, unique setting and theme and so on but one thing that pimps a dinner event is dinner.

You have to ensure that the type of food that you are lining up for your guest is fresh and worth to reckon all through. There are many types of foods that you can offer during this event but non can match the satisfaction of gourmet food mixes. This is because the food is beautifully cooked and packed which is imperative in boosting appetite.

Gourmet foods are with no doubt the desire and love and most people irrespective of social of social status in the society and most of them strive to have a meal of this type. Your dinner party will be one to remember if you ensure that your guests are treated to gourmet food mixes.

One significant thing about this type of food is that there are many other varieties that you get from it as long as you know how to prepare it. In case you have minimal information on preparation of gourmet foods, then it is advisable that you seek the services of a local chef. Ingredients of this food are easily available in the local grocery shops or food shops at affordable prices.

Do Something About That Lousy Takeout Dinner!

If you have lived more than fifty years in Singapore, you would know the taste of cooked food have undergone great changes over the years.  The eating culture has evolved from having home-cooked meals to eating takeout dinners. A few years ago, you could still find good tasting and value for money dishes in many Singapore food courts. In recent years, high rentals have pushed operators to hire cheap labour from abroad as stall attendants and cooks. Prices have risen, portions are reduced, and the quality of food has dropped to an unsatisfying level.

As a working mom, I usually pack food from the food court on my way home. The cheapest packet is $3.80 which is rice with a few slices of duck meat and not even a slice of cucumber to go with it. We cannot have that for dinner every day, can we? My takeout dinner for 3 adults and a teenager usually costs between $16 to $22, excluding drinks and fruits. In recent months, I have to order an extra food packet for anyone who needs extra helping. You see, the portions have reduced and I feel sorry that my husband sometimes looks hopefully for food that our daughters leave behind because it tastes lousy or it has too much starch.

The last meal of the day is a time when the family meets and chats. The topic should not be a complaint about food cost and unpalatable fare. I remember a time when compliments are passed about the aroma and delicious taste of food. Now the family has less reason to stay and talk. I decided to end the days of unhappy dining. 

For the same amount of money spent on takeout food, I could easily feed the family with plenty of vegetables, fruits, and just the right amount of meat and staples. The only adjustment we have to make is to change our dinner time to 8.00 p.m. My family is elated with the prospect of having home-cooked meals again.

Now I prepare comfort food and favorite dishes of the family all within two hours. I can pick up the ingredients at the supermarket on the way home, and easily prepare a stew one day, a meat and vegetable soup the next evening, or a curry and a dessert mid week. A real quickie would be steamed fish fillets and a vegetable stir fry. The days of small offerings of rice or noodles with a few slices of fish cake, miserable amount of minced meat and one leaf of greens are over for us!
The motivation to cook comes from knowing everyone is happy and feels satisfied after a day at work. On the other hand nutrition and clean food preparation is assured. Home is now a place to come back to because Mom is cooking again.