Some say the cost of food is second in the average household only to the mortgage/rent payment. We put more thought into saving money on single purchases than into the constant expenditures for food and supplies that add up to a startling amount over the course of the year.
We have a tendency to think of this as a constant drain, but the household is really a business. You are buying from shifting suppliers with constantly changing prices and products and transforming those supplies using your time and energy. You are in the business of growing and sustaining people.
If you want a quality “product” at a reasonable cost, the same practices apply to the household as to any business. Where it gets tricky is our “products” have emotional as well as nutritional needs that need to be met. They also tend to have opinions! Further complicating things, we may be battling our own emotional needs and attitudes toward food and how that reflects on our lifestyle.
I’ve adopted Twelve Strategies, many adopted from business principles to apply to your household. Click on each to explore easy, helpful ways to use them and you’ll eat better than ever on the least amount of money you’ve ever spent. Working in even a few strategies will get you going in the right direction to saving money.
Whether you are just concerned about keeping cost down, wanting to get out of debt, or are in serious trouble, know that there are no gimmicks, no shortcuts, just good common sense and great ideas on how to apply that to your own home.
(And a bit – or maybe a lot – of reading – you won’t find everything you need to know condensed into a few clicks – I know, because I looked…)
- Strategy One: Bank Your Foods
- Strategy Two: Pay Attention to the Bottom Line
- Strategy Three: Control Costs: Maximize “Profits” and Minimize Losses
- Strategy Four: Take Advantage of Cyclic Changes in the Market
- Strategy Five: Be an Investor, not a Gambler
- Strategy Six: Give Back to the Community
- Strategy Seven: Have a Business Plan
- Strategy Eight: Invest in Training
- Strategy Nine: Know the Products you Buy
- Strategy Ten: Know your Suppliers
- Strategy Eleven: Take Advantage of Special Offers & Incentives
- Strategy Twelve: Use Sound Investment Principles