I have had an opportunity to view many grocery store purchases while browsing the web. One thing I find interesting is that many people include paper goods and cleaning products in their grocery budget. When I say I spend $100.00 a week on groceries, I mean I spend $100.00 on FOOD, usually just ingredients with very few prepared items included. One of the ways I am able to do this is by using cloth instead of paper. Another way I am able to devote my grocery budget to food is by making my own cleaners and soaps. Annie, from Real Life Living, shared many “recipes” for household cleaners and soaps that can help save money whether you include cleaners in your grocery budget or not.
To maximize our grocery budget, I make sure that the food I buy ends up in our stomachs rather than the garbage or compost bin. Mrs. Green, from My Zero Waste, shared 4 Ways to Minimize Household Waste and addresses one of my favorite topics: eliminating food waste. Next time you have food waste, why don't you calculate the cost of the food you are tossing out. You might be amazed at the amount of your grocery budget that ends up in the garbage!
How are you saving money on Real Food?