Hey what’s up family, and welcome back to Hashtag Uplift, where you’ll be uplifted in your faith, family, and finances. Today, we're going to be talking about a topic that affects us all: how to save money on groceries without sacrificing the quality of your meals. With rising food prices and a tight budget, it's important to be strategic and thoughtful when it comes to grocery shopping. But don't worry, I'm here to help you navigate this challenge.
[Who Is This For]
But before we dive into the tips, let's talk about who this is for. If you're someone who wants to eat healthy, delicious meals without breaking the bank, then this is for you. Additionally, if you're someone who values your faith and wants to find ways to incorporate it into your daily life, including your grocery shopping habits, then this is definitely for you as well.
[Practical Tips for Saving Money on Groceries]
Ok, so let's get into the practical tips for saving money on groceries. The first tip is meal planning. This is an absolute game-changer when it comes to saving money on groceries. Take some time to plan out your meals for the week, so you know exactly what ingredients you need to buy. This will help you avoid overspending and reduce food waste. Plus, you'll have a clear plan for the week and won't have to stress about what to cook each day. Also, don’t forget snacks, or fruit in between meals.
Another tip is to buy in bulk. Buying in bulk can often save you a significant amount of money, especially on items you use frequently, such as grains, beans, and nuts. Look for bulk bins at your grocery store or consider joining a warehouse club, like Costco or Sam's Club. One of the easiest ways of spotting this difference is by looking at the price per ounce of different products at the stores in comparison to those same items in your non-club warehouses. Just be sure to store your bulk items properly to avoid spoilage.
Next, take advantage of coupons and sales. Many grocery stores offer discounts on certain items each week, and you can often find coupons online or in the store's weekly ad. Consider downloading the store's app to access exclusive deals and coupons, and keep an eye out for sales on items you use frequently.
(Bonus Tip) Intermittent fasting: By fasting intermittently, you can easily go from 3 meals a day, down to 2, or even 1 if you have a big meal. By this, you save yourself the cost of at least 7 meals per week and at least 28 meals per month. Now I’m a numbers guy so let’s say if the average meal cost is $3 and you did this for an entire month, that’s a total of at least $84 you’ve saved! Also, when it comes to fasting, one thing you may not know is that what you may think is hunger when your stomach growls is actually just stomach acid sitting in your gut waiting to be digested. Your body can sustain a few days, even a few weeks without food. So just drink more water to supplement the loss of meals.
[The Importance of Community]
Now, let's talk about the importance of community when it comes to saving money on groceries. If your church has a strong emphasis on community, consider how this can play into your strategy. One way to save money and build community is to organize a potluck or meal-sharing group with other members of your church. This can help reduce the cost of food and foster stronger connections between members. For example, our church has what we call “Growing Together Time” to fellowship after service, discuss the sermon, exchange stories, and overall just get to know each other better. We do this at least once a month and even weekly at times. Not only this, but we have Missional Teams, kinda like small groups, where we gather in homes during the week and grow together as well as share a meal potluck style. Lastly, my wife is a resident at a Christian residency program, we have gatherings every Thursday where a meal is provided and we discuss domestic & global missions. So if we were to attend each of these gatherings, each week, that would be a total of about a dozen meals provided for if not small inputs towards. Using that same average as before of $3, that would be a savings of about $36
Another way to build a community around grocery shopping is to share tips and resources with others. Consider starting a Facebook group or WhatsApp chat with friends or family members who are also looking to save money on groceries. Share your tips and tricks and encourage others to do the same. Even if you don’t want to start one yourself, you can easily join others and exchange ideas and insights as well.
[Encouragement and Motivation]
Saving money on groceries can be challenging, but it is so worth it. I mean, let’s face it, if you’re reading this you’ve probably already come to the realization that you spend too much money going out to eat and need to cook more. So I commend you thus far on taking the next step by maximizing your savings even more by implementing these tips. Remember that small changes can lead to big savings over time. Those two savings I calculated earlier combine to a total of $120/mo. What would you do if you had an extra $120 bonus check each month? So celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem, and don't get discouraged if you have setbacks along the way. Keep your goals in mind and stay committed to making small changes that will add up over time.
One way to stay motivated is to track your progress. Keep a log of how much you're spending on groceries each week, and compare it to your budget. Seeing your progress in black and white can be a powerful motivator that’ll push you to keep going.
So there you have it, saving money on groceries is all about being strategic and thoughtful. By incorporating these practical tips and emphasizing community and faith, you can save money without sacrificing the quality of your meals. Remember to stay motivated, track your progress, and celebrate your successes. Thanks so much for reading, and I'll see you in the next blog! I love you all!