How to make a grocery budget.
Make your meals both healthy and affordable. Learn how to create a grocery budget that actually works.
Are you tired of eating nothing but ramen at the end of the month? A grocery budget can help you cook healthy, nutritious meals without breaking the bank. Here are some good tips on how to budget for groceries.
Start with tracking.
It’s important to know your current spending habits before making a successful grocery budget. Go through your statements and receipts for the past couple of months to see how much you spent on groceries. If you don’t have saved receipts, try keeping them for a month or two before drafting a budget.
Compare monthly totals.
Once you know how much you’ve spent, compare that number to how much you’d like to spend. If you’re spending more than you’d like, it’s time to reconsider your eating habits.
Break down your budget into weeks.
Divide your total monthly grocery budget into four. This shows you how much you can spend on groceries weekly and makes it easier to stick to your budget.
Plan your purchases.
Break your weekly budget further down into different categories, like vegetables, meat, spices, and so on. Prioritize healthy basic foods over snacks and junk food, though you can still treat yourself on occasion.
Remember these tips.
- A weekly meal plan can help you introduce variety to your diet.
- Buy non-perishable foods in bulk.
- Favor store brands over better-known brands.
- Scale back dining out — restaurants are the bane of grocery budgets.
Take your budget to the store.
You probably drafted your budget on a spreadsheet, but it’s a good idea to convert it to a PDF. You can open PDFs on any smartphone and review your budget in the store. Adobe Acrobat DC lets you easily convert PDFs, share them with other family members, and view them on any device.