How do you spend the right amount on food?
According to an online survey of more than 1,000 people by LendingTree and Qualtrics published in October, weekly household grocery bills in the United States were up 17 percent on average last year compared with before the pandemic. Thirty-one percent of the respondents said that they “almost always overspend” at the grocery store.
Regardless of how large or small your food budget, staying within it can bring peace of mind and keep your overall spending on track. Whether you want to establish a food budget for the first time, or you want to get back to one, here are strategies to save money in your kitchen and at the grocery store.
soup, stew or stir-fry. Think of leftovers and past-prime produce as an asset rather than a burden.
Leanne Brown is the author of Good and Cheap and Good Enough (January 2022).