It’s another edition of Grocery Budget Makeover!
Alycia shares her situation and needs our help…
I am a young professional who is single (no kids, spouse etc.) and somehow I spend around $200 per month on groceries. Part of the problem is that I shop individually for each meal and also that I usually shop after work when I haven’t eaten since lunch! The other major factor is poor planning. Is there any way I can cut my grocery budget in half? Are there any recommendations as far as meal planning, shopping in bulk, etc? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
First off, I’m am quite impressed with your desire to cut your grocery bill in half at this time in your life Alycia! While I was never spending extravagantly during this time of my life, I can’t say that I was trying to cut my spending either! I commend you for taking steps to spend less of your hard earned dollars, and I hope that your peers see your example and follow suit!
You are right on track in terms of meal planning and shopping more in bulk. It’s now time to put it into action. I would definitely recommend having a meal plan and very specific list in hand before you go into the store. Then you can get through the store faster and feel less pressure from your stomach, as you go through the store with a grumbling stomach. (And if you can get to the store at another time, that would be much easier for those cravings…but I realize that might not work with your schedule!)
If you have a well stocked pantry with items that you’ve purchased in bulk, then you can make any of my pantry staples meals…just scale them in 1/2 or 1/4 to get a smaller portion for your meal, depending on how much you eat, and if you want leftovers.
For your situation, meal planning will be essential…especially when it comes to leftovers! Because most recipes are written for 4 servings, I think that the key to cooking for one is the creative use and reuse for leftovers. Then you can make the recipe “as is” and then get clever with what you can’t eat!
You’ll also want to check out my stock the freezer list, for meal ideas that you can cook, eat and freeze the extras!
What advice do you have for Alycia?! What did you, or do you, find that worked well during your young professional days!?