There are countless expenses in life that cannot be avoided. Home care, car repairs, clothing, insurance, and food must be consistently worked into any budget. While there are ways to lower expenses, they will never disappear. Security State Bank is here to offer you advice for saving on food this summer. The average American spends $151 on food every week. Young adults spend $173 a week compared to older Americans who spend less. Those with incomes above $75,000 per year spend an average of $180 on food every week. Men spend slightly more than women and people in the Midwest spend slightly less than those in other areas of the country. Whatever lifestyle you have, we believe there are ways you can save today!
Farmer’s markets offer an opportunity to buy local and reduce packaging and transportation. While saving money, you are also benefitting the economy and environment. Make marketing a fun activity this summer and find fresh produce that will benefit your health and pocket.
Gardening is a great way to spend time outdoors and cook directly from your backyard! This time of year, corn, squash, cucumbers, green beans, and melons grow well. Try planting in a raised container for easier weeding and harvesting.
Couponing is a great habit to start now. Pay attention to ads in your local paper and online to find deals in stores near you. Saving one dollar may seem like no big deal, however, over time, small savings make big differences.
Package size and portions can change and charge more. Companies can reduce portions without reducing prices. If you notice a change, look for a cheaper brand or decide if the product is worth the price.
Meat tends to be one of the pricier items in the grocery store. Substitute expensive fish like salmon and lobster for a less expensive option, tilapia. Ground beef is a cheap meat that can be used in many different ways. If you want to skimp on meat but not protein, eggs and beans offer substantial amounts of protein at a relatively low price.
Summer can be a season of savings and we hope you find these ideas helpful when planning your next meal. Don’t hesitate to call Security State Bank for your financial questions and advice today! We hope you have a financially safe and fun summer!