It feels like it’s been forever since that first challenge. You remember; the one where you purged your pantry?
There’s a good chance you’ve already gone through all of your food. If not, keep it going! Every day you push it is more money saved.
A common question after the purge is, “Won’t I spend way more on groceries trying to restock my pantry after I purged it?”
Yes, you will spend more on that first trip back to the store. But it shouldn’t be WAY more, and the overall savings should be in your favor. The reason we purged is because we had more food than we needed, so you won’t be replacing every single item in your pantry and refrigerator. You’ll just need to restock the essentials.
So how can you save money on groceries moving forward? I recommend planning your meals ahead of time and making weekly shopping trips.
Before the week begins, sit down and create a menu for all of your meals. Then, jot down all the items you’ll need to make them. That’s it. Avoid impulse buys and any extra spending. By sticking to your weekly menu, you’ll be more focused and less likely to wind up with an overfilled pantry again.
Not to mention, when you plan meals you’ll spend less on restaurants. Boom! Money in your pocket.