Saving money is a plus, especially when it comes to food. Below is a list of ways to help you save your food dollars.
- Take time to plan your meals and make a grocery list. This usually takes less time than the time spent going back to the store for a forgotten item.
- Plan your meals to use seasonal foods such as oranges in the winter and peaches in the summer.
- Check kitchen cabinets and refrigerator when making your grocery list.
- Before going to the grocery store, plan a weekly menu of favorite dishes using healthy foods.
- Shop only once a week. The more trips to the store, the more money you spend. It is hard to purchase only a few items on any trip to the grocery store.
- Find stores with super food sales during special times such as “Friday and Saturday Blow-out Sales” or “10 Items for $10.”
- Find a local farmers market. Fruits and vegetables tend to be fresher and cheaper.
- Think of mileage. Shopping at many stores may not be worth the extra time and gasoline cost.
- In place of national brands, buy store brands when the taste and quality suit your needs.
- Compare the unit price of food items. The cost per ounce or per pound helps find the best value.
- Buy family packs of meats, cheese, poultry and luncheon meats. Divide into servings, freeze and use as needed.
- Check sell by and use by dates to be sure you buy fresh foods.
- Know the regular prices of items you usually buy. A sale will then be easy to spot.
- Remember the trick is to buy on the markdowns. You don’t have to change your habits. Just buy when items are at low cost.
- Use itemized food receipts when checking out to help track food costs.
- Compare prices of nonfood items at the grocery store with the same item at a discount store.
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