Maybe you had too many holiday cookies but food-related New Year’s resolutions account for two of the top New Year’s resolutions according to USA.gov.
Losing weight, eating healthy, saving money and managing debt are a few of the top resolutions that we all make. Spending on food can have a significant impact on the rest of your budget. Government figures calculated that the average consumer’s annual spending on food in 2102 was $6,599 and food prices rose 1.2% this year. in 2014, the USDA is projecting prices to rise from 2.5% to 3.5%.
Sticking to small frugal food strategies will potentially improve your health and your wallet. Here are a few tips to satisfy your inner foodie while staying frugal.
Shop with grocery apps
Using apps such as Grocery Pal, Locavore, Grocery iQ or Green Egg Shopper, will help you eat healthier and save money all while helping your track coupons, listing groceries, accessing nutritional information and comparing costs per ounce.
Even if you don’t go to extreme lengths, taking a leaf or two of coupons to the grocery store can results in savings.
Plan out meals
Prepared shoppers often plan their meals in advance which can cut your grocery bill by more than $100 a week by maximizing sales and minimizing food waste.
Load up on loyalty memberships
Sign up for restaurant and grocery store loyalty clubs using a separate email address. Then you’ll always have coupons to use without overloading your email.
Year round, eating only what’s in season is one of the easiest ways to save. The freshest produce tastes the best and it’s at its cheapest.
When it comes to Do It Yourself projects, making your own food at home whether it’s jam, beer or gourmet salts, can be cheaper than buying them ready made.
Finally, make sure your new resolutions don’t cost you a fortune. If you’re resolving to take up juicing or trying a popular diet program, there’s no reason to break the bank.
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