How to get it on SALE--EVERY TIME
- Check grocery ads and store websites for sales and coupons.
- When you see an item advertised on sale, add it to your shopping list and stock up, making sure to note the brand, package size and cost.
This exercise can be fun, and may be surprising. Ask everyone in your family to track their food expenses. Each time you spend money on food anywhere, write your initials on the back of the receipt and put it in a jar. If you don’t have a receipt, make a note including what was bought, who bought it, and how much it cost.
Think about where you buy food: grocery store, restaurants, school lunch, the soda machine at work, popcorn at the movies, coffee and Danish, bottled water at the convenience store...
At the end of the month, spread out all the receipts/notes and put them in stacks by location. Then look at how much you spent at each location.
These decisions affect the whole family. If you want to make a change, the whole family, including children, needs to talk about the necessary changes.
As the family talks about what is most important, be sure you are all listening to each other.