3 Tips on How to Save Money on Food

Save Money on FoodJust eating can cost a bundle, especially if we are not careful to budget. We all take little steps by demonstrating self-control in the grocery store and not always getting everything we want. For example, most of us skip over the fancier (more expensive) cuts of meat unless for an occasion.

Due to the fact food incurs large costs on our budgets, learning to shop smart can save us a ton. Even saving just five dollar weekly on groceries leads to a savings of 260 dollars annually. With these tips we are convinced you can cut more than five dollars weekly off your grocery bill.

1. Buy Produce at Asian Markets

Asian markets skip all the glitzy ad campaigns to make for extra cheap groceries. You will not find anything organic at these markets, but you will find groceries for cheap. For example, four heads of garlic will cost only around 1 dollar at the average Asian market.

The only downside is that you may feel a bit out of place at first. There will be products with labels you can’t read, things like rabbits feet in the meat section and loads of variations of kimchi. This can be disconcerting for some, but for others it is an adventure that they just happen to save a lot of money doing.

2. Stick to Your Grocery List

You should plan meals and small snacks before you grocery shop. Planning meals ahead means you can also choose meals that are cheaper to make and/or have coinciding ingredients. For example, if you are using a recipe that requires fresh parsley, you can plan another recipe that week that also uses fresh parsley. If you hadn’t of planned your meals out this way, you may end up throwing away one bunch of parsley only to buy another bunch again the next grocery trip.

The list will help you remember all the ingredients you need, but it will also limit you on what you can buy. Don’t give in to impulse purchases of foods that you don’t really need but just seem like they would be tasty at the time. Grocery stores are set up to make you want to buy impulsively by offering “deals” and fancy displays, so don’t let yourself be fooled by the evil marketers!

3. Buy in Bulk Whenever Possible and Appropriate

Let me start by saying buying in bulk is not saving if you end up throwing away half of what you bought. Make sure that if you buy something that perishes quickly, that you have a recipe or plan to eat it all. For this reason I do not usually buy vegetables or fruits in bulk, but if you know you will consume most of the product go for it! The savings in buying a large container of strawberries versus a small container can be amazing!

Two products that are good to shop for in bulk are grains and meat. Grains do not go bad for a good deal of time, especially things like rice. Meat you can just throw in the freezer until you are ready to use it in the future.

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