Are you trying to cut down your expenses to save money? Saving a little every day can help more than you believe. Here are some easy ways to spend less on food.
1. Take your own lunch to work.
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, and still have money left over.
2. Commit to eating out less.
Save money without sacrificing your lifestyle. You don’t need to stop eating out, you just need to eat out one less time every month, for instance. It’s a small sacrifice, but the result at the end of the year may surprise you.
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. Make Healthy Choices -- They’re Cheaper
Eating healthier foods can actually save you money. The savings came 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.
5.‘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 spending without changing your habits too much is to skip the beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic.Just drinking water will hlep you save many dollars each year.