Menu planning reduces impulse buying
Impulse buys are budget-killers!
Predictability is very good for budgets. If you know what you are eating for dinner every night of the week, you can go to supermarket and pick up everything you need and be done with it. Staying out of the supermarket can often be very good for your budget.
Replace animal proteins with vegetable proteins at least a few times a week. Have dry beans or canned beans, even if it means going 50 percent meat and 50 percent beans.
Bulk purchasing as saving strategy
Another factor of saving money is buying in bulk — which can be beneficial, but also has some pitfalls. When you are buying in bulk, make sure that you are really saving money on the unit price. Also, make sure that you are buying things that you are actually going to use before they spoil.