Groceries can be a BIIIIIIG area of spending for many of us. Here are 3 of my favorite tips for saving money on groceries:
1 // Challenge yourself to eat EVERYTHING IN YOUR CABINETS/PANTRY/FRIDGE before you go out and buy more food. Do you have a random can of chickpeas in your pantry that's been sitting there for weeks? Time to make roasted chickpeas as a side dish. Got some broccoli in your fridge that's about to go bad? Chop it up and use it in a stir fry. Got a jar of pasta sauce and a box of spaghetti? Have spaghetti night!
2 // Meal planning is tricky to master (I've been working on it for a few months now) but can save you a TON of money. Come up with some of your favorite meals and write them on index cards. Before you go grocery shoppping, choose the recipes you want to make this week and only get those ingredients!
3 // I know true culinary experts out there aren't going to agree with this one BUT... I almost never buy the fancy garnishes/toppings that recipes call for. There's a sesame chicken recipe we've been making lately and it calls for chopped green onion on top. I'm sure that's delicious, but I'm not going to spend $1-2 on green onions that I will only use for one recipe and then stress out about how I still have 90% of them left and no other reason to use them.