At Foodfacts.com we understand with food prices continuously rising, it’s hard for shoppers to buy the healthiest ingredients without going over their monthly grocery budget. Therefore we have compiled 10 easy tips that should help you save money on your future shopping trips.
Tip #1: Plan your meals. Making an agenda of what meals you will be making each night will not only save you stress and time throughout the week, but will also come in handy when it’s time to hit the aisles of the grocery store.
Tip #2: Make a list. When you have a controlled list of items you actually need, you won’t wonder off to other purchases. There have been many times I have found myself buying pretzels I already have, but have just forgotten about. Making a list will help you stray from buying double products, and also help you save time while at the store.
Tip #3: Find a sale. All supermarkets provide sale items, and most of these stores advertise their sales in newspapers, or online. After your create your shopping list, head online, or browse through your circular to see if there are any discounts on your items. Don’t be ashamed to cut coupons, it’s free money. Also, check with your supermarket to see if they provide discount savings cards. Most of the time you can send online coupons directly to these cards to avoid scanning loads of bar codes at the checkout line. This too will save you time and money.
Tip #4: Never go food shopping on an empty stomach. This is more of a cardinal rule for anyone wanting to stick to their budget. Hungry + endless aisles of groceries = mountains of food in your shopping cart. Try to eat a small snack or drink a tall glass of juice before stepping into a food store. This alone will save you money.
Tip #5: When you get to the store, shop the perimeter first. Most food stores carry their healthiest items around the perimeter. Think about it, you have your produce, all your dairy products, and your meat or poultry. Get these items completed first before moving into the middle aisles, where most of the pricey processed foods are.
Tip #6: Buy produce in larger quantities. Sometimes you’ll notice that buying individual fruits and vegetables, per pound, will ring up pretty heavy at checkout. Usually you can purchase bags of pears, apples, peppers, onions, etc. and this will normally be a little cheaper. However, it’s also important to get a good look at all the items in the bag to check if they’re still in good shape.
Tip #7: Buy ingredients to make your own snacks. A lot of food companies have created products very convenient for busy households. However, these convenient items are also very costly for their size, and not that healthy. Try to steer clear of purchasing a $6 or $7 box of individually packaged snacks.
• Instead, try buying a medium-sized bag of granola, a container of your favorite mixed nuts, maybe some plain popcorn, and sandwich bags.
• Mix the ingredients however you would like and store them in sandwich bags for whenever you want to grab a serving.
These products will last much longer, and you’ll be saving money.
Also, you would have control of what your ingredients are. But be creative, mix and match whichever ingredients you would love most. And another plus, this is a great way to get your kids engaged in healthy snacks when they start creating their own.
Tip #8: Less meat, is more money. We know a good portion of our followers buy organic, and that’s great! However, we’re sure you’re aware of how pricey organic foods can get, especially meats. On the bright side, there’s no rule that says you should eat meat 7 nights a week. In fact, 3 times per week tends to be the usual recommendation. Save money by purchasing your meat products for only 3 nights a week. They’ll still be at higher costs, but you won’t be buying as much of it.
Tip #9: Community-Supported Agriculture. Buying locally-grown produce can be a HUGE money-saver. Farmers in these programs usually sell subscriptions or memberships, and in turn you receive a box of seasonal fruits and vegetables each week. Though these memberships probably range in price in different states and cities, you can check out this Local Harvest website to see which programs are available in your area.
Tip #10: Buy frozen. Some people may prefer to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, but frozen is a good option for those who want to save money and simply meet their daily fruit and veggie quota. Many frozen fruit and vegetable products are still packed with nutrients. Check the ingredients carefully to check for “whole” fruits, without any added sugars or preservatives. Some will try to sneak them in there.