Published on February 26th, 2016 | by Pete0
10 Ways To Save On Food While Still Eating Well
Being frugal with your food budget doesn’t mean that you have to eat like a pauper. In fact, in some cases, the best dietary decisions end up being the most affordable ones. Here’s a list of 10 ways you can save on food whilst still eating well:
1. Reconsider Portion Sizes.
‘Eating well’ is about more than simply feeling full and satisfied. It is also worth considering the health level of the food you’re consuming. After all, filling up on junk food is only going to do harm in the long run. Not only that, there have even been studies to suggest that people who go on a healthy diet also end up spending less on their food budget. The culprit in this case is usually portion sizes.
2. Eat Healthier Food.
Fortunately, eating healthy is often cheaper. High-calorie foods such as sugary sodas and processed bakery items are often more expensive than their healthier counterparts (think sparkling water with a splash of juice, or a serving of fresh fruits or vegetables).
3. Plan Your Shopping Outings.
It’s all too easy to overspend on shopping trips – especially in terms of perishable foods that may not be used up before they expire. Plan ahead with a list, and don’t forget that adage about the dangers of shopping on an empty stomach.
4. Consider Growing Your Own Food.
This item, of course, requires that you’re involved in some level of self-catering. Growing your own food is essentially free, and it can involve something as simple as an herb planter in the window of your flat to a full-on vegetable garden. The more you grow, the more you can save in grocery bills. You’ll also want to look into ways of preserving produce through the winter so that you can make the most of your bounty.
5. Make the Most of Coupons and Vouchers.
This is one of the most-overlooked ways of saving on grocery shopping. Coupons and vouchers offer a no-strings-attached approach to saving money, so long as you’re using them for items that you would have purchased anyway. You may even find discounts on premium products – allowing you to spend significantly less on higher-quality food products. More often than not you will able to find discounts & vouchers from retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s & Tesco.
6. Consider Off-Brands.
You’ll find that name-brand foodstuffs often have an off-brand counterpart that tastes almost (if not exactly) the same. If your taste buds can’t tell the difference, why spend more?
7. Cook (And Buy) In Bulk.
Cooking in bulk allows you to shop at box stores with wholesale prices. It also helps to save time spent on cooking. Prepare the food in bulk and then store part of in the freezer for later.
8. Take Your Lunch to Work.
It’s all too common for a person to eat out for lunch simply because it has become a habit. If the goal is to eat well for less – and you don’t even particularly care for the fast food or fare at the local lunch counter that you’re eating – then you’re much better off bringing your own lunch to work.
9. Give Frozen and Canned Foods a Chance.
When it comes to self-catering, frozen, dried or canned ingredients usually cost less than their fresh counterparts. However, they have nearly (if not the same) nutritional content. To that end, you can cook with frozen peas or fish and poultry for less, whilst still enjoying a high-quality meal in the process.
10. Do Your Own Slicing, Dicing and Chopping.
Anytime a food product is pre-sliced, chopped or otherwise processed into a more convenient form, you’re going to pay more for the final product. Committing to slicing your own bread, grating your own cheese and cutting your own fruits and vegetables will save money.