We all could stand to save a little bit more money, but actually putting that concept into practice can be a little challenging.
When we look deep into our spending, we usually write off any food expenses as a necessity or as an unmovable line item in our budget.
However, the reason you may not have the money to put to savings could be because you’re eating it away! Here are 10 ways you may be eating away your future savings.
You don’t meal plan
If you are just walking into the store and buying without a plan, you might be spending more money than you intend.
When we don’t meal plan, we end up usually buying more food than we need or letting it go to waste.
You eat out whenever you’re “in a hurry”
There is this concept that eating out is a quick fix way to get everyone fed.
The reality is that most people will spend an hour or more at a restaurant!
Instead of going to a restaurant, heat up a frozen pizza at home if you have to. It will be quicker and cheaper than a meal out.
You don’t eat the food you buy
We are all a little guilty of this one.
All of a sudden whatever restaurant or some other meal sounds more appetizing than what we had planned!
This means you end up throwing out the food instead of eating it!
You eat out too much
Most of us can’t afford to eat three or four meals out a week.
The truth is that many of us still do!
If you don’t have any money left for savings, you may be eating out too much.
You dine at expensive locations
I’m not suggesting that every meal out should be off the cheapest menu, but you shouldn’t be going to fancy restaurants all the time.
Save those for special occasions maybe once a year if you go at all.
You spend way too much money on food for your family
Even if you are eating at home, you could still be overspending!
Buying too much food that you will never eat is the same as throwing it away.
You don’t compare other stores when grocery shopping
You don’t have to hit 50 other stores to get the best deal on your groceries, but you should be doing at least a little price comparing when shopping.
Sometimes a store down the street could mean saving £5 or more.
You don’t take into account what you already have
Eating in is a great start, but you also need to be able to know what you already have on hand before you start shopping.
You make cooking too hard
Sometimes the reason why we want to eat out all the time is that cooking at home is just too hard! Stop making your meals so difficult and start with the basics.
Hot dogs at home are going to be better for you and save you more money than a chicken penne pasta at The Olive Tree.
You constantly treat other people to dinner
Birthdays and holidays don’t mean you have to eat out.
While it’s okay to treat people to dinner every now and then if you can afford it, it’s not always necessary.
While that meal out now might seem like a great idea, I guarantee that 10 years from now you won’t even remember that meal.