There are lots of great ways to reduce your grocery bill, and many people need them. The economy is like a close friend these days – we get constant updates on how it’s doing, how it’s expected to do, and what changes. There are special reports, newspaper columns and shocking real life stories about how hard families have been hit. Just recently it’s supposed to be getting better, but if you are still counting the pennies and trying to cut your spending, you aren’t the only one. Here’s 8 ways to reduce grocery bills – these really work, whether it’s a long-term strategy or a festive savings strategy.
1. Check Your Treats
It feels like it’s been a long time since everyone was spending without a care in the world, and most people have had to cut back on treats in one way or another – less shopping trips, making coffee at home or cutting down on the magazine subscriptions. Cutting down on luxurious is one of the best ways to reduce your grocery bill. You’d be surprised what "treats" might still lurk on your shopping list, though – dishwasher tablets, for example, can cost a small fortune. And while washing by hand sucks, those extra few pounds (or dollars) could go on a glass of wine or bar of chocolate to really boost your mood.