13 Tips to Save Tons of Money On Groceries
Eat well and never compromise on food quality with these practical money saving tips!
We all love to eat good food. However, it is not always easy to budget and fill your fridge with delicious and healthy treats in the process! Keep reading to learn more about how you can save hundreds of dollars on food on a monthly basis, without making any compromises.
Why not, you might have some leftover money to indulge in something special, pay off some bills, or put towards that vacation, Christmas gifts or College!
Learn how to make the most out of cheap ingredients.
Every professional chef will tell you one thing: the most delicious meals come from cheap ingredients. The cheapest ingredients of them all happens to be…time! Nope, we aren’t talking about thyme the herb, we are literally talking about time.
If you take the time to plan ahead, you’ll be able to cook smarter meals without wasting ingredients, and money!
In addition to that, time is a perfect way to cook foods that will last you longer and taste so much better in the process. A few examples? Buy a piece of pork shoulder at your local grocery shop. This is a cheap cut, but it can be slow-cooked over several hours, yielding a fantastic flavor. The process is so simple…the meat literally cooks itself!
All you have to do is to wait and keep watch to make sure nothing is burning up or drying out. Are you a vegetarian? No problem. The same process applies to soups, stocks and more.
Simply cook some ingredients slowly in a pot when you have time and put them in your fridge.
You’ll have food for 3-4 days to come (or even more, if your freeze some) and you won’t have to deal with the useless waste of ingredients and cash.
Look out for seasonal deals and special offers at your local grocery shop.
Looking out for seasonal ingredients is one of the best ways to save money. Local providers want to sell a lot of their fresh produce, so you might end up saving some money if you buy seasonal. In addition to that, you can check your local grocery shop for some special deals.
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Day-old bread hasn’t got the finest crust, but it is still great for toasts and sandwiches. Aging veggies might look a little ugly, but the price is marked-down and they are just as good for any recipe!
Plan your meal before you buy ingredients.
As mentioned earlier, planning is key. One of the biggest reasons for food waste (and thus, money waste) is the fact that people forget what they have in the fridge, letting their ingredients spoil.
Think before you buy, and you will be able to come up with ways to prepare meals cheaply, saving time, money and food. You can do so much with so little if you take the time to work out what you want to eat for the rest of your week.
Here are 13 more fool proof tips to saving money every time you go to the grocery store!
1) Buy Store Brands. Most Grocery chains carry their own branded line of products – usually at a significant savings over national brands. You will have to try them out to see if they compare quality and taste wise with the name brands, and if they do, you’ll be able to save money on them.
2) Shop Alone. If at all possible, find a time you can shop alone without the kids. When you shop alone, you’ll be able to concentrate on your shopping and not on your children. Because you’re not distracted with your kid’s behavior, you won’t have to rush through and grab things you don’t need just to hurry out of the store.
3) Shop at night. Just before the store closes is often a good time to get last minute mark-downs on meat and expiring items.
4) Buy It When You Need It (JIT). Known in business circles as “Buying Just In Time” (JIT) is an inventory strategy used to buy materials and products just before they are needed. This improves efficiency and reduces costs.
Likewise, you should buy your produce, fruit and other perishable items JIT to reduce loss due to spoilage.
How many times have you bought those bananas or pears that turned mushy before you got around to eating them?
Or purchase a food saver to extend the life of your food even longer!
5) Buy Bulk. The larger the size, usually the cheaper per unit, i.e., cents per ounce, dollars per pound etc.
As long as it’s something you’ll eat or use before it spoils, you can save a bundle of cash by buying items in bulk. Warehouse Stores like Costco and Sam’s Club specialize in bulk items.
6) Buy Canned Foods. Canned foods are often much cheaper than fresh or frozen alternatives. If the taste isn’t critical, then canned foods are a good way to save money on many food items.
7) Cost Share.
Share costs with family, friends, or neighbors.
Buy the items you all need in bulk, then re-package into smaller sizes to divide amongst each other and split the costs.
This is a good way you can benefit from the costs savings of bulk items without being stuck with more than you can use.
8) NEVER ever shop hungry. No matter how much will power you think you have, if you are hungry when you go grocery shopping, you’re much more likely to buy things you don’t need, or buy too much of something.
9) Take your staples list.
Have a list of staple items that you always take to the store along with your regular shopping list. Items on your staples might include flour, sugar, salt, beans, mayo, mustard, ketchup, spices, etc.)
When you see staple items on sale, go ahead and buy them even if they’re not on your shopping list for the week.
10) Take a calculator.
You may want to compare per unit prices to find the best deal. For instance, larger cans are usually cheaper per unit than smaller cans, but you may find that the smaller cans are a better buy – per unit, if they’re on special.
11) Shop once per week.
If you shop more than once per week, you’re much more likely to buy things you don’t need.
12) Shop at other stores.
While you may buy most of your grocery items at one store, it sometimes pays to buy at other stores that specialize in certain items.
For instance, Costco specializes in bulk items; Trader Joe’s carries specialty items, organic, and health food items that are hard to find elsewhere.
13) Bring your own bags.
Many grocery stores will give you a discount if you bring your own bags.
Buy reusing bags, you help save trees, reduce pollution, and keep the environment green.
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