We also featured financial tips all week on Snapchat.
Moments from our Tweet chat.
1. Be realistic.
Have a good idea of how much you plan to cook that week, and how much you normally eat. This will help you to avoid buying too many groceries.
2. Check your pantry and refrigerator contents before buying new groceries.
When meal planning for the week and ESPECIALLY before heading out to the grocery store, you want to take inventory of what you already have. Also, bring the older items your refrigerator and pantry to the front so you can consume them first.
3. Make a shopping list and stick to it.
Once you have your meals planned, create your shopping list, and don’t forget to include snack items. Keep this list front in front of you when you are at the grocery store to avoid buying unnecessary items. If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t go in the cart.
4. Store your food properly.
Know which items should be stored in the refrigerator, on the counter or in the pantry. Check the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer with an appliance thermometer. Your refrigerator should be at 40° F or below, and the freezer should be at 0° F or below.
5. Freeze your leftovers and extra food.