How much are you spending for meals per person? There are so many money saving tips to help you cut your costs.
1) Oatmeal can be cooked so many different ways. You can add fruit, bake it, top it with syrup or sugar. It's an inexpensive and filling meal.
2) Divide food items in to specific portions before freezing them .. that way you will know right off the bat how many meals you'll be able to squeeze in.
3) Coupons, coupons and more coupons. Remember though; using coupons for products you wouldn't normally use is not saving money. Some stores double and triple coupons but other stores just give face value. Either way, you're saving money.
4) Shop your sales ads. You can stick with one store or shop all your local places. If you shop at numerous locations though be sure that the gas you use won't be eating your savings.
5) Don't buy processed foods. Making things from scratch costs much less in most cases (example: bread costs, at the very least .79 cents per loaf if store bought but if you make it from scratch it will cost .15 cents)
6) Buying in larger quantities actually saves money. A lot of the time you pay high costs for packaging and buying in bulk uses less packaging. If you need to freeze large amounts, you can break them down in to smaller amounts and use baggies or freezer containers. You can also cook in large quantities, break up in to family size portions and freeze (or can) individual meal sizes.
7) Cut portion sizes. That alone can offer HUGE savings. Following portion sizes on packaging or recipes not only saves you money, it also helps control weight issues. Restaurants and homes as well usually serve distorted portion sizes.
I'm sure I've missed some tips. Can you think of any?