Every mom knows the struggle of bills being higher in summer months. Summer Grocery Expenses go up due to having kids home all day every day. Even for those of us who send lunch and snacks to school each day, it seems like in the summer their appetite shoots through the roof. That's why it is so important to save money on groceries with these tips!
Tips for Saving on Summer Grocery Expenses
Make things homemade
We save the most money by making things from scratch. Whether it is a homemade cake or cookies, it is always cheaper than buying already packaged items. I love using some of our recipes for Homemade Alfredo Sauce to go along with pasta for an easy meal, or our Homemade Macaroni & Cheese instead of packaged options. Of course, my son loves the Homemade Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast, and I keep our meals seasoned cheaper by making my own homemade seasonings and sauces.
It is hard to say no when your kids are hungry. You want to make sure they are getting enough to eat, and that snacks are available when they need them. This is when limits are a must. Make sure they have plenty of healthy options like fresh fruit and vegetables, but also set a limit on things like cookies, crackers, pretzels, and similar. This can save money, and make them understand the difference between hunger and boredom. Most kids are going to pick the veggies if they are just snacking out of boredom.
Generic branded foods are almost always just as good as the name brand. In summer when kids are mindlessly snacking, buying the generics is a must! We do this with cereal, crackers, pasta, sauces, dips, chips, and more. While I prefer to see kids eating fresh fruits and vegetables, we all know that treats happen from time to time. This helps keep things easier to manage and keeps you in the budget.
Start a garden
This is actually one of the best tricks you can use for summer grocery expenses. By growing your own vegetable garden with our frugal gardening tips, you can have fresh tomato, bell pepper, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, and lettuce to have on hand. Whip up some homemade ranch dressing and you'll have a healthy and yummy snack that is also budget friendly.
This year, you can make sure your kids have plenty of snacks on hand, but still, save on grocery expenses with these simple tips. Below, you'll find some of our favorite meal plans that also help save money!