The money you spend on groceries can vary from month to month, but groceries are a necessity that must be included in the budget. And nobody wants to worry about food costs.
With the coronavirus pandemic taking a toll on the global economy and our individual financial lives, we had to find creative ways to cut our food spending this year while putting meals on the table every day.
Here are our top stories on how to save food in 2020 – with lots of advice to take with you into the new year.
1. The 9 Best Grocery Delivery Services
More and more people are turning to online shopping to have bread, eggs, milk and more delivered to their doorstep.
We collapsed the top grocery delivery services – Outline fees, availability, and coupon policies – so you can make smart choices about where to shop for groceries without leaving your home.
2. Here you can pay for groceries online with an EBT card
As online grocery shopping became more popular in 2020, more and more retailers allowed consumers to buy groceries online using their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. EBT cards are issued to low-income individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP).
3. 15 stores that offer free grocery collection
The convenience of shopping for groceries online is wonderful. The fees that come with this service … not so much.
However, free grocery pickup is a cute alternative that can help you avoid bumping into your elbows with strangers in crowded aisles without having to pay extra to have someone shop on your behalf.
These 15 stores will shop for you at no additional cost. You don’t even have to leave a tip.
4. Spend less on products
Eating fruits and vegetables every day is essential for a balanced diet. That doesn’t mean you have to break your budget to be healthy.
We have rounded up Over a dozen ways to receive, store and get the most out of your products So you can really get your money’s worth.
5. Lower the cost of meat
Meat is generally the most expensive item on a family’s grocery bill. But you can find ways to cut your expenses without missing out on your rib eye steak dinners.
Where to buy your meat, when to shop, and how to prepare your meals all depend on how much you pay on the food register. Follow these pointers how to score meat for cheap.
6. Find cheap wine that tastes good
Of all the years this was not one who gave up wine. While alcohol can get expensive, a higher price doesn’t always mean better quality.
We consulted some seasoned sommeliers to learn how to do it Choose an inexpensive wine that is still delicious.
7. Get your daily coffee fix on a budget
There’s no need to give up your daily latte habit, but there are ways you can cut your coffee spend.
We reached out to some coffee experts for tips how to find, buy and cook good coffee on a budget.
8. Find value when buying in bulk
Bulky purchases aren’t just for families with half a dozen children. Even if you are only at home, you can find great deals, though Buy in bulk.
Since the unit price is often lower when purchasing items that are packaged in bulk, you can save money on pantry staples that don’t expire quickly. Sharing your transportation with a friend or family member outside of your household is another way to do bulk shopping for you.
9. Use cookbooks that focus on inexpensive meals
Trying to recreate a popular recipe only to find out that it contains fancy (read: expensive) ingredients that you don’t have at home is an absolute blast.
Unless you want to spend $ 15 on a bottle of saffron when you just need a pinch, turn to recipes designed specifically for budget-conscious chefs. These Six cookbooks are perfect for the budget conscious cook.
10. Find affordable healthy pet food
Fido has to eat too. What to feed your pet is definitely a factor in your food budget. You want your furry friend to get good quality food, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay a premium.
We spoke to veterinarians and animal nutritionists for in-depth advice how to choose healthy pet food that is still affordable.
Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com