The grocery bill is one of the scariest family expenses in my opinion, because we need to eat, and yet it is so incredibly easy to over-spend in this one critical area.
I was excited when I saw The Budget Savvy Diva’s Guide to Slashing Your Grocery Bill by 50% or More by Sara Lundberg (published by Ulysses Press).
This book is based on Sara’s blog, www.BudgetSavvyDiva.com, which shares tips, and offers deals that are regularly updated by the hour
The most savvy shoppers I know are the ones who read the weekly flyers, plan their meals in advance, keep a list, are consistent with comparison pricing, and know how to avoid impulse buying.
Appropriately, this is not a high-gloss book, and retailing at $12.95, publication costs are kept to the content itself and not expensive, high-gloss paper, or unnecessary photography, as you would expect in a money-saving guide.
If you are struggling with your monthly grocery budget, there are lots of great tips in this book. As with many things, you may read this and find that there are a lot of common sense ideas, but the real saving is in execution. If you don’t plan meals in advance, shop weekly specials, and go into the store(s) with a defined list, rest assured, you will save a bundle by starting that one thing right away.
One of my favourite parts of the book is a monthly break-down of which grocery items are typically reduced. If you have a freezer and a pantry, you can find significant savings by watching out for these items and planning accordingly.
The book is organized with the following chapters:
- Menu planning (planning is everything – you will save significantly by planning before you shop)
- The Grocery Store (ie understanding retail strategy to get consumers to spend – stores are laid out the way that they are in order to manage your buying patterns, and encourage you to spend more.)
- Where to shop (when to shop at Superstores, dollar stores, farmers markets, drug stores, and health food stores).
- Eating healthy on a budget (processed food is not a better option).
- Coupons 101 (This is more geared to coupon fundamentals in the United States – Canada works differently)
- Creating a stockpile (when and how to buy in bulk – and when to avoid it).
- Kids in the kitchen (involving your kids so that they learn these basics at an early age, from coupon clipping to helping in the kitchen)
- Budget Saving Recipes (several ‘copycat’ recipes such as homemade taco seasoning, seasoning salt, and biscuit mix), and cost-effective recipes such as roasted chicken and several casserole recipes.
- Leftovers (re-purposing leftovers so that they do not go to waste)
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