True confession time. Do you hate to use coupons? If you just can be bothered, or have tried and failed, don’t despair, we can show you how to save on your groceries when you hate to use coupons. So put down those scissors and let’s start saving money on your food bill!
The average family of four spends about $7,000 a year on food and groceries, or about $583 a month, according to a recent survey. How much do you spend? Will a little advance planning and a few strategies, you should be able to save up to $200 a month on your groceries without clipping any coupons.
What would an extra $200 a month mean to your family?
How to Save on Groceries When You Hate to Use Coupons
1. Make a meal plan for the week based upon what is going to be on sale at your grocery store. If you only do this step, you will save money! Look at your grocery store flyer each week and buy and serve what is on sale.
2. Plan theme nights for easy menu planning. Here is a suggestion from the #DealPros at Savings.com: Monday, make a meal with chicken. On Tuesday, serve a pasta meal. Every Wednesday, make Mexican food. Thursday night is meatless, plan a vegetarian dinner. On Friday, make your own pizza. Saturday is a meal with beef, and Sunday is for leftovers. Adapt this weekly plan for your family and take the guesswork out of coming up with new ideas.
3. Fast 5 – have a repertoire of 5 fast, easy and inexpensive meals that you can serve faster than ordering an pizza. These Fast 5 are for those extra busy nights so you won’t have to “drive- through” to get dinner. Keep them on a note card, or saved on your computer or smartphone.
4. Plan one or two nights each week where you cook once and eat twice. You can cook a chicken or a roast and make at least two meals out of it. Pasta dishes are excellent dollar stretchers. If you are washing and chopping something for a recipe, chop enough to use in one or two additional meals for the rest of the week.