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A List Is the Simple Step That Can Save You $1500/Year on Groceries

Updated September 23, 2019
How to Save $1,400 a Year on Groceries
It’s as easy as having a shopping list and sticking to it—really! Going into the grocery store with a plan saves time, cuts down on food waste, and saves you enough money to consider a vacation.
Betty Crocker and its parent company General Mills know that food waste is a major social, environmental, and economic challenge and we’re invested in change. We work to eliminate food production waste and partner with Feeding America to ensure surplus food gets from grocery stores and restaurants to people facing hunger—not garbage cans. In 2018 we started the Taste Not Waste project to tackle the 40% of food waste that happens at home. This year we’re introducing the #pantryraid challenge to waste less and save more. When we all do our part, we can make a difference in the amount of food that gets thrown out. Join us!

Home food waste starts at the grocery store. How often have you picked up items on a whim with the best intentions, but had no actual plan for them? Do these items end up at the back of the fridge or pantry never to see the light of day? You are not alone, in fact, twenty percent of the food we buy never gets prepared.

There’s a fix for that: grocery lists! Before you go shopping, plan out your meals for the week and take stock of what you already have on hand. This one simple task will keep you from buying extra items at the store, take the stress out of meal time, and did we mention, save a family of four, up to $1,500 a year?

5 Tips for Making a Meal Plan and Grocery List

Getting started is always the hard part. Here are a few easy ways to help you pull a meal plan together and put pen to paper.

4 Easy Meal Plans with Grocery Lists Already Made

We’ve done all the planning, so all you have to do is the shopping. Think of these easy meal plans and grocery lists as money in the bank.

Making a list (and sticking to it!) is just one of many small ways that you can make a big difference when it comes to food waste at home. What other tips and tricks do you use to taste not waste your food? Tell us in the comments below or join the #pantryraid challenge on Instagram.