When money is very tight, we usually look to our food cost to
Many of our expenses are fixed, and we can't do anything to
the mortgage or rent. However, how much we spend on food is up to
The average American family spends 15 percent of their income
With planning, you can spend a lot less.
One way to do this is by the use of a Food Book. This is
you keep track of what you buy, how much it cost, and where you
For organizational purposes you will want to divide your
sections, such as meat, dairy, fruits, canned foods, etc.
and save your receipts when you go shopping, and then when you
time, write down how much you paid for each item in the notebook
appropriate section)- and where you bought it.
It won't take long until patterns become clear to you.
notice that some food chains sell certain items cheaper than
will know the average price of each item, and then be able
a real sale from a promotional item that isn't really priced
A lot of people do this instinctively, in their minds.
like human calculators when it comes to food, it doesn't come
easy to you,
write it down!
It is a lot of work at first, but it gets easier with
an added bonus, when you plan your menus, you will be able to
the cost of each dish you want to make, as you will know the
the ingredients. Then you can determine the cost per
serving of the
dish, which is the bottom line in your food budget.. If you are
to take the time to do this, as well as make good use of your
and coupons, you can reduce your food budget significantly.
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