Trying to spend less this year? Cooking dinner for your family doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your wallet. Here are 20 tips on cutting costs while buying groceries:
1. Avoid inner isles
Go straight to the shelves of essentials groceries. Stores place basics on opposite ends to trick you into buying more products.
2. Use coupons
Coupons will save you money on groceries. Combine products that are on sale with coupons to save more.
3. Forget toiletries
Toiletries are expensive at the supermarket. Instead, buy them at a cheaper price at the pharmacy.
4. Avoid fad brands
Generic brands are cheaper than name-brand products, but they still are made up of the same ingredients. Don’t be fooled!
5. Check out all the shelves
You first see products in your eye level. Stores often place pricier items on these shelves. Look for cheaper groceries on the shelves below or above your eye-level.
6. Consider rain checks
Basic items sell out fast when placed on sale. Ask for rain check items; these products’ sale has been extended.
7. Buy dried beans
Cooking dried beans is cheaper than buying canned beans. They have a superior taste, too. Beans make for a cheap and easy meal.
8. Eat before shopping
Don’t shop on an empty belly. You will buy more groceries than you actually should.
9. Avoid pre-cooked meals
Pre-cooked foods can be twice as expensive as the ingredients and are often not as tasty.
10. Buy produce that is in season
Buy fresh produce that is in season. Out of season products aren’t as fresh and cost more. Some ingredients that are not produce even have a “season” where they go on sale; baking ingredients, for example, go on sale in November.
11. Check out international markets
Most exotic spices at your local store are expensive as they have been shipped from afar. Buy cheaper imported spices at an international market in your city so that you can create meals inspired by some of the most amazing places in the world!
12. Rethink when buying bottled water
The bottled water industry is worth a billion dollars, with a 16oz bottle going for a dollar. The recommended four bottles will cost you $120 every month. Why not treat water at home?
13. Go with a shopping list
A shopping list helps you stick to your budget for things you need while avoiding groceries you don’t need.
14. Say no to children!
Your kids will only help you increase your expenditure with stuff you don’t need. Learn to say no to their requests for junk food and toys.
15. Pre-washed groceries cost more
You will pay a price for the ready-to-cook groceries at the store. Purchase groceries that have not been pre-washed instead.
16. Pre-packed fruit is expensive
The store hired someone to cut and pack their fruit, and you will pay for it too. Do not buy fruit that has already been packaged for you.
17. Pick fresh herbs from your kitchen garden
If you aren’t gardening, you may be paying a small fortune for herbs at the grocery store. Consider using the space available to you on your kitchen or porch for a small herb garden.
18. You’re paying for the convenience of grated cheese
Grate your cheese at home with a box grater. It is easy and will save you loads of dollars.
19. Prepare your spice mix
Make your spice mix at home with easy to find seasonings and spices. This way, you aren’t paying extra for someone to mix and package it.
20. Compare similar products
Products such as potatoes can be cheaper when bagged as opposed to loose ones. Check product prices and make big savings.