In tight economic times like these, we’re all trying to trim our budgets the best we can.
It’s estimated that 38% of the average American’s budget is spent on housing, another 19% on transportation, and a whopping 15% is spent on food.
According to the US Census Bureau, our average household income is $50,233* which breaks down to $7,534 per year, or $628.00 per month.
Yawn-fest…right? Hang with me, and we might be able to shave a couple of hundred dollars off your monthly food bill!
Did that wake you up?
So, looking at the big three, we can try to cut back on our driving, we can give the bank a call and see if they’ll reduce our mortgage payment (good luck with that), or call our landlord and ask that the rent be lowered… or we can focus on the 15% that we shell out every month for grub.
One great way to do this is to buy in bulk.
Now, when I say bulk, I’m not talking about those fifty-pound bags of macaroni at your local warehouse store. Yes, these are often (though not always) a good deal, but the cost of buying so much of one item, at one time, takes a big bite out of the monthly food budget. It’s hard to save money at the warehouse and still have some variety in your menu.
Who wants to eat macaroni every night for a month?
Let me suggest an alternative to carbohydrate overdose, and incorporate into your savvy shopping arsenal yet another weapon. Become a grocery Ninja!
A grocery Ninja knows how to shop, when to shop, and where to shop. They prepare, have a plan, and get away with the loot. Anyone can wander into the local store, fill up a cart, and slap down a credit card, and hope the budget will stretch, but a grocery Ninja never has to live on ramen for the last week of the month.
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