Food prices are going thru the roof but you can eat better and spend less.
1. Weigh the cost of home made vs. convenience foods
Convenience costs money. The closer you stay to basic, from scratch ingredients, the better.
Better, cheaper, healthier
2. Shop less and you'll spend less
If you usually shop once a week for food and spend $100 each time, shop every 10 days - 2 weeks instead.
You won't spend $200. More likely, you'll spend $150-175. The reason is that you'll likely buy less impulse and snack foods. Plus you'll save on gas and the drudgery of grocery shopping.
3. Shop on Tuesdays
It may sound silly but Tuesday is the day that grocery stores are the least likely to be crowded. You'll have the whole place to yourself and the check out lines will be short. When you're not stressed, there's less pressure and you'll make better choices.
4. Shop the top and bottom of the shelves
There's a saying in the grocery industry...."eye and thigh sells".
Eye level tempts you. Thigh level tempts your children. Manufacturers PAY grocery stores to display their products at eye and thigh levels.
In general, above eye level (on the higher shelves) you'll usually find products from smaller companies. Below thigh level, you'll find bulk and store brands.
5. Buy what's on sale
|Home made biscuits are easy|
and so much cheaper
And, while you're at it, make your own bread. A bread machine makes it easy. Paying $5.00 for a loaf of bread - especially when your family eats 2, 3 or more loaves of bread a week - is a real budget buster!
|Home made soup and chili|
are great ways to use up
8. Don't buy soda
Soda is NEVER a beverage. Soda is a treat - a dessert, actually. It's an empty calorie "food" that costs a fortune and can do more harm to the body than good. Serve soda only on special occassions.
|Buy Fresh - Buy Local|
12. Buy the right size