5 ways to save at the grocery store
Many consumers have watched their grocery bill grow year after year while their salary barely keeps pace as things like the price of cauliflower went through the roof in 2016 and now celery is taking its turn.
Here are our five tips to eating like a king without breaking the bank.
1. To the kitchen!
Processed foods may save you time in meal prep, but they are expensive.
Instead, opt for homemade fare that you whip up yourself. Get the rest of the family involved too!
When planning lunches, snacks and meals, resist the temptation to eat out or grab a processed meal that will burn a hole in your food budget.
Also avoid buying prepared, cut, peeled or grated food. This added convenience comes at a cost… that is directly passed onto consumers.
Seasonal produce is generally less expensive. Make the most of the season by stocking up and freezing or canning.
Promote buying local by signing up for a food basket program or browsing through your local farmers’ markets, where fresh produce is plentiful.
Unfortunately, the selection of fresh produce dwindles in the winter. Choose frozen fruits and veggies to get that proven bang for your buck.
3. Stick to the list!
Before heading to the store, prepare a shopping list based on your planned weekly menu.
Once there, stick to the list and don’t give in to temptation, especially at the ends of the aisles where marketing strategies are used to make you cave in.
Avoid adding items to your shopping cart just because they’re on sale. By buying only what you actually need, you also reduce the risk of food waste.
Buyer beware of those 3 for $10 offers. This is a sneaky way to get you to buy more than you need. This strategy is also used to get rid of items nearing the expiration date.
4. On the hunt for deals
Is coupon clipping in weekly flyers worth it? It is if you do it religiously every week.
5. Plan your protein
Meat, fish and seafood make up a large part of the grocery bill.
Switch it up with other less expensive proteins, such as legumes, and you can create a healthy meal at a fraction of the price.
Nothing is better than combining ground beef and lentils in a shepherd’s pie or adding tofu to an Asian soup, or even adding grilled veggies to your next lasagne with béchamel or tomato sauce.