Budgeting is hard to do when you’re tempted by the unnecessary buys at the grocery store. Two boxes of cookies can easily hike up your bill by 10 dollars. On top of them not being good for you, those cookies can significantly raise your grocery bill. If you cut out those 2 boxes of cookies per month you could potentially save around 110 dollars per year.
Start with the necessities. Make a weekly set budget according to how many people you are shopping for. If you are only shopping for yourself then 30 dollars could probably suffice. The objective is to buy as much as you can while spending the least amount of money. Things like TV dinners and personal pizzas may seem more cost efficient, but they can actually end up being more expensive. Depending on the brand, some TV dinners can be around 3-4 dollars. For that same amount of money you can buy about 3 boxes of pasta. A box of pasta has averages around 8 servings, so between the 3 boxes you’re dealing with 24 servings versus one. If you still want to go instant meal route you are better off going for ramen soups with packaged flavoring or boxed macaroni and cheese. The ramen soups tend to be around 10-20 cents a package or some stores carry a value pack of 12 for about 2 dollars. Boxed macaroni and cheese can range in price depending on brands, but it can be purchased for under a dollar. These boxes often have special sales where you can get multiple boxes for as little as 3 dollars. Ramen soups are 2 servings a package and macaroni and cheese ranges from 2-3 servings per box. Keep in mind that these items lack in nutrients, so it’s best to utilize them on days where you may be in more of a hurry.
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Keep a look out for a cost efficient pasta dish and some snack ideas for the kitchen-less later this week!
(Prices are based in the New Jersey, tri-state area.)