According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2011, the average American family spent $6,458 on food. More than half of that amount went to food purchased from the grocery store. With food prices rising annually, it’s no wonder more people are trying to find creative ways to cut back on grocery store spending. In addition to clipping coupons and avoiding impulse buys, a great way to reduce your grocery bill is to invest in some money-saving products for your home. Here are three that I think might be worth considering:
1. A Food Saver
Food savers are great little machines that preserve your food by vacuum sealing it to keep it fresh longer. This is great for people who often have leftovers or like to buy in bulk. There are several models of food savers out there, ranging anywhere from around $50-$200. Here’s one I found on Walmart’s website for $139.93. It’s not the cheapest out there, but it’s not the most expensive, either. At the time of this writing, the product had 4.5 out of 5 stars review.
2. Window Sill Herb Garden
Fresh herbs are great for cooking, but can be very expensive in the stores. Why not grow your own? Not only will you save money, you’ll add a little green space to your kitchen! Take a look at this one I found on Amazon for only $16.37.
If you want to save even more money, then forget the kit and just make your own! Grab a few small clay pots from the dollar store, fill them with soil and plant some herb seeds. Herbs are notoriously easy to grow, so they require little attention.
3. Deep Freezer
If you’ve got the extra space, owning a deep freezer can be a great investment, as it allows you to store a lot of frozen food. By keeping a large stash of frozen meats, veggies and other food items, you can reduce or eliminate the amount of food you throw away due to it going bad. And even if you don’t have a lot of space to spare, you can find chest freezers that are suited for smaller areas. Here’s one from Home Depot that got fantastic reviews.
Do you have any tried-and-true products that have helped reduce your grocery spending? Feel free to share!