Feeding an entire family isn’t always easy, and it can get so pricey that food ends up being where a good portion of your money goes every month. It definitely doesn’t have to be this way. You may not be eating like kings and queens if you reduce your meals to $50 a week, but it will allow you to live a more minimalist lifestyle. Beyond that, you will be able to afford more and maybe even tackle some debt you’ve been wanting to get rid of. Whatever your reasoning, here are a few ways to reduce that grocery bill to only $50 a week.
How to Feed your Family for $50 a Week
Avoid going to the store if you’re hungry
Don’t go to the store if you or anyone who is with you is hungry. If you’re a parent and your kids are hungry, they will beg for everything under the sun, and most likely you will cave on one or two things just to quiet them down. If you are hungry, it will be easy for you to get things you may regret later.
Reduce the times you eat out or buy pre-made meals
This can be the easiest way to spend well over $50 with an entire family in one night. Make eating out a special occasion and opt for once a month. Budget this into your “extra spending money” category and make it a fun family outing the kids will remember.
Plan your meals out every week.
It can be really easy to get super busy during the week, and if you don’t have a plan for everyone’s meals it becomes easier to opt for last minute choices such as eating out. Plan your meals ahead of time and have the meal plan visible. If you get extra time, you can make it and freeze it for later.
Plan meals each week that use some of the same ingredients.
For example, if you plan spaghetti for one night, choose another meal that might use spaghetti noodles. This will allow you to reduce your grocery list and condense meals.
Make a day of the week leftovers night.
By mid-week or even the end of the week, there are often a few containers holding the leftovers of various meals you’ve had that week. Pull out the leftovers and let people pick what they want. I learned this from the movie “The Incredibles.” Although leftovers aren’t a new concept, I like the way they did it as it makes for a buffet of food while saving money and cleaning out the fridge.
Make the most of what you have
Make a note of the canned items and various items in your fridge and utilize those into your meals as often as possible. There’s no reason to just have food sitting around unused. Also, be sure that any food that might be close to expiration is put on the top shelf of the fridge and is made top priority. No need for food to spoil and go unused.
Shop the sales
Grab the weekend paper and check the sales for the week, including produce deals. Plan your meals around these sale items, if possible, each week. Be sure to do your shopping weekly instead of monthly because fresher foods will not last an entire month.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to reducing your food spending habits. As you start to implement these tips, you will start finding new ways to reduce your grocery bill that are perfectly tailored to you and your lifestyle, schedule, budget, etc.