Sunday, March 15, 2015

How to Beat the Rising Cost of Food


 
 


 
 

 






 
 
 
10 Easy Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill


1.  Convenience Foods vs. Home Made
Convenience costs money. The closer you stay to basic, from scratch ingredients, the better.


2. Shop Less - Spend Less
If you normally grocery shop once a week and spend $100 each time, shop every 10 days to 2 weeks instead.

You won't spend $200.  More likely, you'll spend $150-175. The reason is you'll buy less impulse and snack foods. Plus you'll save on gas and the drudgery of grocery shopping.


3. Shop on Tuesdays
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
Eye and thigh level is premium space in grocery stores.
Eye level tempts you. Thigh level tempts the kids.

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 smaller and local start up company products. Below thigh level, you'll find bulk and store brands.


5. Buy what's on sale
Be flexible. Don't plan to serve salmon when chicken is on sale. Take advantage of price reductions.


6. Make high profit foods from scratch
"High profit" foods means the cost of the ingredients is a fraction of what can be charged for the finished product. Nothing wrong with making a profit but when you're trying to save money,  these are the items you should be making yourself.

How can you tell what's a "high profit" food?  It's easy -  just look around the grocery store!

Items that are ridiculously abundant are generally "high profit" items. Canned soups, salad dressings, cake mixes, bread, packaged cookies, chips and snacks are all high profit foods.
Paying $5.00 for a loaf of bread - especially when you family eats 2, 3 or more loaves of bread a week is a real budget buster!


Start off with one or two items. Making a jar full of salad dressing, for example, is incredibly easy and a good place to start.  With a little practice and a good cook book, you can make high profit foods better, cheaper and healthier than store bought.


7. Never waste food
Limp veggies go into soup. Left over stew goes into the freezer for a day when there's no time to cook. The bones from Sunday's roast chicken become stock.  Dried bread becomes crumbs. You get the idea.  Put unusable kitchen scraps (except meat) into the compost pile.  You can feed your plants for lots less money, too!


8. Don't buy soda
Or bottled ice tea or lemonade or fruit punch for that matter! It's horribly expensive when compared to scratch made....  plus you have to lug those heavy containers!!

Iced tea from scratch is just water and tea bags and lemonade is water, sugar and lemon juice.  As for fruit punch, ditch the ersatz stuff for real fruit juice. 


9. Concentrate on good health.
Buy good quality, fresh foods and, whenever possible, get them from local sources.  Your food will taste better and feed your body better.  With better health, you'll spend less on medical care.


10. Ease up on the junk.
Junk foods may be fun to eat but they're horribly expensive when you consider how little food value they contain. Plus they are full of preservatives, nitrates, added sugar and fillers.  Read labels carefully. Compare products. Choose better. 

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