Eating on a budget: 5 food-savings tips

Eating on a budget: 5 food-savings tips

The last 12 months have been a very difficult time for most of us. If you are trying to cut down your expenses, saving a little every day can help more than you believe. Here are some easy ways to spend less on food. Read on!

Spring is here, and thanks to the Covid-19 vaccine that is already available for everyone 12 and older, little by little we begin to regain our normal life. Now that we can go out again and, in some cases, we are returning to the office, here are some tips to help you save on meals.

1. Take your own lunch to work

If you are no longer working remotely and are back in the office, this tip always comes in handy because it works! If buying lunch at work costs $6, and making lunch at home costs only $2.50, then in a year, you could afford to create a $600 emergency fund, for example, only by taking your own lunch to work and still have money left over to treat yourself from time to time.

2. Commit to eating out less, or take advantage of meal deals

Save money without sacrificing your lifestyle. You don’t need to stop eating out, you just need to eat out one less every month, for instance. It’s a small sacrifice, but the result at the end of the year may surprise you.

If eating out. however, is something you love to do, there are many BOGO deals or incredible offers at your favorite food chains to take advantage of every week.

3. Plan ahead

Have a light snack before you go shopping, and stick to your grocery list to help avoid impulse purchases or expensive mistakes. Plan your weekly menu and do your shopping respecting the list of things you need for it.  People who shop with a list, spend much less money than those who decide what to buy when they get to the food market. The annual savings could be hundreds of dollars.

4. 'I’ll take a water, thank you.’

It’s standard in the restaurant industry to mark up the cost of alcohol or sodas by three to five times. An easy way to cut down on your restaurant bill without changing your habits too much is to skip the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Just drinking water will help you save many dollars each year.

5. Make Healthy Choices -- They’re Cheaper

Eating healthier foods can actually save you money. The savings come from reducing portion sizes and from buying fewer of the high-calorie foods that usually increase the amount spent at the grocery store. People tend to spend a lot on those "extras" -- like sodas, bakery items, and chips.

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