Food. It’s essential. When you live on your own, it’s sometimes hard to realize how much you really do spend on food in a month. What about months that Mom and Dad come over for dinner, that your best friend hides away at your house for a weekend, or, on the other extreme, you are away on business 3 days out of the month? Here’s some tips to help you budget for groceries monthly.
Buy stuff on sale. If you’re grocery shopping and someone who uses a lot of a certain thing, always check to see if it’s on sale. If you are always cooking something like fresh fish marietta, you may want to get extra when it goes on sale, because it could save you a trip (and some cash) later on in the month.
As always, find an average. Estimate what you spend in a month. Then, make sure that you have at least that much set aside when you go to put your budget together. Figure this out and make it work out and you’ll be more prepared.
Compare prices. Don’t buy something just because it looks like it’s a good price. Take time, compare prices between stores, and don’t be afraid to drive to a couple different stores to get the different things that you may need.
Don’t be an impulse buyer. Always make a list. If you don’t have a list, you have nothing to keep you on track. If you have nothing to keep you on track, you’ll spend past your budget and boom, we’re back where we started with asking why we have a budget in the first place.
These tips can go a long way and really help you to sort out a grocery budget. Look at what you can do and have a budget that fits your needs and wants.