Posted By: The Cheapest Skate in Frugality on 07/12/2007 at 00:21:07
Everyone eats on a daily basis. The problem with having to eat is that you have to buy food and either make it yourself or go out and have someone else do the cooking for you. If you go out to eat frequently, you're really going to cut into your budget. Even going out for a fast food value meal can drain your wallet more than you'd imagine. The average price for a combo meal at the major fast food chains is around $5.50. This might be a burger, fry, and soda. While this is quick, it isn't financially sound. You can spend $5.50 at the grocery store and get enough ground beef to make 10-15 patties of the same size.
Alright, well if you've decided to not go out and get your meals from a fast food chain or a sit-down restaurant, you're still going to have to do some shopping. While wandering through the aisles at the grocery store may seem like a simple task, there are steps you should take while shopping which can have long-term frugal benefits. First, never shop when you're hungry. You'll just end up buying more food than you need. Secondly, you should make a note of what you frequently buy every time you go to the store. After you get home, look through the cabinet and make sure you're not throwing away something that you just bought because the old one expired. If you don't finish it in between shopping trips, you really shouldn't be wasting your money on it to begin with.
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