Save Money on Groceries
-Keeping your family fed can burn a giant hole in your pocket, but especially if you prefer organic fare. Here's how to keep your favorites in the fridge without blowing your budget. First, make a plan. The average American throws away about $30 worth of food per week. That's bad for the planet and your pocketbook. Plan your menu before you shop to limit impulse buys and bring leftovers for lunch. Second, make the most of coupons. Nearly all grocery store, warehouse club, and drugstore websites promote weekly specials with coupons you can print, and redeem, and store. Free sites like couponmom.com and the crazycouponlady.com provide a roundup of the deepest discounts by retailer and state. Finally, buy in bulk, cook, and freeze. Set a few hours aside on a Sunday to prep for the week. Double the recipes and freeze a portion for later. If weekends are booked, make the most of your slower cooker. Toss in the ingredients in the morning for a healthy affordable meal that's ready when you walk in the door. With a little creativity and a lot of planning, you can cut your grocery bill down to size and still keep your whole family eating well.