Next to paying rent or a mortgage, the food you eat each month can be a significant expense. When was the last time you added up the cost of everything you ate in one week? You might be a little shocked when you see how much it really is. One way to stretch your money farther is to take advantage of any loyalty programs at your grocery store, or to look for items on sale.
And you might start reconsidering those “mandatory” daily mocha lattes and start making coffee at home. In general, it’s cheaper to eat food you make for yourself than ordering take-out or sitting on a restaurant patio. This doesn’t mean you should not treat yourself to the occasional dinner out. All we’re saying is understand the cost and plan for it so you can achieve your savings goal.