Practical Ways to Save Money on Groceries (Part 2)
Food takes one of the biggest chunks in a home budget but we can enjoy satisfying and healthy meals without sacrificing quality. Here is the second part of how you can save money on your groceries.
- Do not hesitate to return bad items. Ask for credit or replacement. Although the grocery must have not been aware of the fact that you got rotted, mouldy, or spoiled food items – it doesn’t also mean you have to put up with it.
- Shop several stores. If you have different groceries in your area, shop one at a time to determine its schedule for bargains and deals on food items. One local store might have the best prices on fresh meats while another might be always having fresh produce on sale.
- Try out new dishes. Latin or Oriental cooking can teach you a lesson or two on how to stretch that pound of meat because they tend to use meat as an accent, not the star of the dish.
- Produce your own staples. If you consume lots of bread, a bread machine is a wise investment. Even popcorn for those movie nights in the family room can be done in large quantities but on the cheap side.
- Go meatless once a week. Eating less meat is not only good for your health and the health of the planet but it could also save you serious cash. Monday is a great day to start your meatless meal project because it is usually the busiest day of the week.
- Always use the produce scale. Weight everything before you put it in your cart. Second-guessing can lead to waste of money.
- Buy cold cuts in the deli. Plastic-packaged cold cuts are usually more expensive, generally a lot more expensive, plus you have less packaging to send to the landfill with deli or meat-market purchases, especially if you buy whole units and slice them yourself at home.
- Leave the kids at home. So you can focus on what’s on the list and not be tempted to give in to the demands of the little ones so you can stop their whining.
- Pack food for work/school. Instead of going out to a restaurant, you’ll save a lot by preparing your own food. You know what ingredients you put in there, you have control over the taste, and you can count on the healthy benefits it can provide your body.
- Own another freezer. So you can have more space to stock up food items that you buy in bulk. It expands your ability to stock up and will drive the jitters away when you cannot use up all your grocery in a week’s time.
- Do not fall in for grocery traps. Staples are usually at the back of the store so you will have to go through stacks of unnecessary items that will force you to fill up your shopping cart. Also, try to look beyond your eye level because those are the ones that are more expensive. Basic foodstuffs are on the inner aisles because supermarkets want you to spend more on items that you don’t actually need.
- Never shop on a hungry stomach. And when you are also tired – it will weaken your focus and discipline to stick on your grocery list.
Do you have other food-saving tips you can think of?