Don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach
We have all been there. We’re hungry and we need food, pronto! But going grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a big no-no. Instead of leaving the house hungry, snack on some fruit or nuts. These will keep you satiated for a little while.
Apparently, a new study confirms that those who leave the house hungry, end up buying more food with higher-calories in them rather than their counterparts who eat before going shopping. This way you avoid mindless impulse buys and you spend less on unnecessary food.
Always make a list before hand
The ultimate grocery shopping list. Create it and stick with it.
When going to the supermarket, the choice is endless. Having a grocery list to stick to is extremely useful. Not only do you save a lot of time but you also avoid buying unnecessary items and spending the extra cash, which you’ve obviously worked hard earning.
So remember, next time you plan on going grocery shopping, plan ahead.
Buy foods in season
How do you save money by buying produce that’s in season, you ask?
Well, did you know that a fruit, for example an apricot, which is produced in the winter has a much higher cost than an apricot that is produced during its natural season.
Not only do you save money by buying your fresh and tasty product during its natural season, but you also get the amazing nutrient dense benefits from it. Next time you go to your supermarket, look around, the cheapest vegetables and fruits are usually the ones that are in season.
Eat a vegetarian meal
By including a few vegetarian meals during the week, you can save a whole lot of money during a year.
A significant amount of money goes on meat on your grocery bill and it’s just plain and clear expensive. By reducing the amount of meat consumption during the week, not only are you saving money but you’re also making sure you’re keeping yourself healthy and avoiding a high cholesterol and clogged artery issues.
Make sure you eat a lot of dark leafy greens, quality grains, beans and lentils in your vegetarian meals.
Buy in bulk and freeze
In some situations buying food in bulk is a great way to save money.
If you notice that your most often bought produce is on sale, you should definitely consider buying them in bulk and storing them in the freezer. But this option really works only, if you use this produce or item almost daily.
For example buying fresh produce and meat is a great way to save money and which can last up to 6-8 months in the freezer. Also there are other great healthy options such like canned beans and seafood, which you can store in your cupboards. Some of the worst foods to buy in bulk would be oil, nuts and bread. These items spoil relatively quickly and you would only end up losing money due to this.
Rule of thumb, before buying in bulk, make sure you’ll be eating or using the item almost daily, for it to make sense money wise.
Budget, budget and budget!
Create a grocery budget for yourself or your family and stick to it. The budget can be made for monthly, weekly or daily basis. A great way to stick to your budget is by actually having the cash in your wallet, which has been budgeted for the grocery.
This way, every time you go grocery shopping and pay for your items, you actually see how much you’re really spending as well as seeing how much you’re left with for the whole month. By doing this, you’re more likely to stick to your budget and save money in the long run.