Don't eat your entire paycheck
When it comes to my budget, food is one of the areas that I struggle with the most, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Your grocery and eating out budget can be a difficult one to rain in, for two main reasons. First, we have to eat every single day, I mean that's pretty obvious, right, but it’s a necessity and it can get overwhelming to plan for this every single day.
So we end up falling in to reason number two of why we fail when it comes to our food budget. We don't do a great job of calculating costs in the moment, I mean that's just all of us. We grab a quick bite here and there but don't account for all the money we've already spent on food and then we don't even think about how much we're planning on spending in the future when it comes to these impulse food habits.
So here are three grocery tips to get your spending under control.
#1, look at store ads before you go shopping and plan two to three meals based on the protein that's on sale. Meat can be one of the most expensive items on the list, so saving on this one item and really add up.
#2, don't be afraid to use coupons and yes, they are still a thing and even saving around five to ten bucks each trip can add up to real savings over time.
#3, create a daily meal plan for the weekend and then actually stick to it and just be honest with yourself, and if you need to build in a day or two each week for eating out, do that, because two planed days for eating out are better than four unexpected and very expensive delivery purchases.