The news has been bulging with stories addressing the rising costs of food. While I won’t go into much detail here as to why, how much and for how long, I will address the ways we can fight the rising cost of food. I have been a relatively “hard core couponer” for a few years, and for years I have stated that I mainly coupon for toiletries and household necessities and not food because the food coupons produce is unhealthy and items my family won’t eat, I have slowly been coming around to the idea that you can find a deal on almost anything if you work at it. Here are a few tips on how to keep your grocery budget down while keeping your family healthy and fed:
1) Set A Budget. This sounds so basic but you would be surprised how many people don’t have a strict budget that they stick to. It should be realistic but don’t leave yourself too much wiggle room or else you will find yourself always on the upper side of things.
2) Coupon! While it may not seem like coupons in your Sunday paper offer much in the ways of nutrition, you might be surprised. I use coupons for whole wheat pasta, milk, yogurt and meat. You can also contact manufacturers and request coupons. I have found great success in this.