If you're trying to save money on food, then one of the best ways to do that is to create a budget.
For guidance, Mint used the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) monthly food plan, which outlines nutritious meals at different cost levels based on dietary recommendations.
The calculator will prompt you to enter the following data:
- Number of members in your household
- Age of each household member
- Gluten-free or meatless dietary needs for each household member
- Number of meals each household member eats out (or orders from takeout) each week
- A weekly grocery cost
- A monthly grocery cost
Here is a chart from Mint that shows the monthly grocery budget it suggests. Compare the chart below to the total you got using the grocery budget calculator.
What about you? Is the monthly grocery budget for your family size higher than the amount listed above? If so, here are some ways you can save:
- Look for promotions on daily deals and coupon code sites.
- Choose store brand items over name brands.
- Download grocery apps that offer cash back on purchases.
For more tips, check out Team Clark's guide to save money on groceries.