By Laura Kelly-Pifer
If you’re on a budget and are pressed for time, please read on. I’m going to share with you a few simple and effective tips for you to maximize your food dollars, spend less time shopping and eat healthy. These are the same tools that I use to help stay within my budget and use to maintain my 20 pound weight loss.
One of the ways I save time and money each week while grocery shopping is by planning my meals beforehand. If you’ve never tried this, give it a shot. It’s easier to stay on track, whatever your goal may be, when you have a plan.
What you’ll want to do:
– Check for supermarket specials. What is on sale and that you can make that fits within your food budget?
– Shop within season. In season fruits and vegetables tend to cost less than when not in season.
– What coupons do you have? Make sure they aren’t expired. Can any be doubled and if so, are there stores that you can save more by using them instead?
– Look over what’s already in your pantry and fridge so you don’t duplicate.
– Create a list.
When I create my list, it’s a running list. I keep it on my fridge and so as we run out of things, I add them. That way, I don’t forget them when I’m out and about.
I like to keep my list organized too. I don’t know about you but when I was first on my own, my list was in a random order and often, I would have to go back down the isle only because I missed something. I learned over the years that by keeping my list organized by sections according to the layout of the supermarket, I’m not missing things and keeping my visit as short as I can. This cuts down on time and the number of passes you need to make through the isles.
Lastly, I eat before hand. This ensures that I’m not going hungry or else I might be tempted to put just about everything in my cart. I’ve been there and done that. You’ll end up with unnecessary items in your cart and a bigger bill.
When I get home, I wash, chop and prep all my veggies for the week and also prepare a few kinds of lean protein. As a busy mom, if I can do it in advance, I’ll have less stress and more time to spend with my children.
Do you have some budgeting tips that you can share? Share your story in the comments.
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Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!