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Food shopping is expensive, especially for families with several kids. Featured is information on how you can cut back on your supermarket spending. We also suggest you take the money spending challenge so that you can analyze areas where you can cut back in your spending habits.

The first thing you should do is evaluate your food habits in your home.

The key to saving money from grocery shopping is to start by observing your food habits at home. Is there food that sits in your pantry that never gets eaten? Do you end throwing food away because it has expired before you open it? What about leftovers? Do you eat them or throw them out? Bottom line, are you wasting food?

Take a look in your fridge. Make a note as to what gets wasted the most. Over the next month or so, be alert as to what you wind up throwing out the most. This can be the lettuce that goes bad so fast, fruits that are forgotten about or the abundance of leftovers that never get eaten.

Now that you aware of what is being thrown out (its not just food, its money), you can take steps to alter the way you shop and cook. First, try cooking less each meal. Not only will you get your serving sizes back to a normal level, you won't overeat as much. Set a goal to cook meals that at most have one serving left over.

Next comes your shopping habits. Don't buy food you don't eat. When observing what you are throwing out every week, you may notice a pattern of the same items going to waste. If this is the case, don't buy that particular food anymore. Your obviously not eating it, sot there is no point.

You will notice that you are buying less. You may have to make more frequent trips to the grocery store, but you are eating what you buy and are not wasting as much. The idea of stocking up because you may not make it to the store this week needs to be eliminated. Make the time to go shopping because it will help you save!

Stocking up is not a bad thing. You just need to be smart about it. Make notes of what food you eat the most. For example, families with kids usually eat a lot of cereal. So, families in this scenario should take advantage of cereals on sale by stocking up! Items like pasta, beans, rice, condiments, and frozen or canned veggies are also excellent to stock up on when on sale.

Another good way to save at the grocery store is to not use a credit card for purchasing. Instead bring a set amount of money with you to the store and make that money work for you. You may have to keep a tally while shopping, but this will help you buy only what you need.

In conclusion, no matter if the groceries you buy are on sale or are not simply, you won't save money if you buy food you don't end, that ends up in the trash. Just like with your money, you need to learn to budget your food. Paying attention to your eating and shopping habits will save you money!

We also feature an entire section on how to save while on vacation.



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