Published on May 21st, 2013 | by Pete1
Save Money on Groceries and Still Eat Healthily
Shopping on a limited budget can be difficult, and rising prices don’t make it any easier. Despite supermarkets constantly promising that they are cheaper than their rivals, the weekly shopping trip is likely to make a huge dent in your bank balance. Sadly, it can be tempting to resort to frozen meals and convenience foods when fresh produce and groceries have extortionate prices and a limited shelf life. However, by following these simple tips, you can save money on your grocery shopping while still eating healthily.
Avoid Impulse Buying
We’ve all heard the old adage “never go shopping on an empty stomach” and, when you’re shopping for groceries, it really does hold true. Whether you are so hungry everything looks tempting or you’re just desperate to replenish the fridge, impulse buying can make a huge difference to your final shopping bill. Even worse, you’re more likely to buy unhealthy snack and convenience foods when you’re in this state of mind. Even if it’s an offer that looks too good to be true, spontaneous buys are usually things that you don’t really need. Avoid these snap purchases by taking the time to write out a grocery list before you go shopping. Think sensibly about what you need and what is essential. Using a list can be an effective way of convincing yourself that these extra goodies are unneeded and, most importantly, too unhealthy and expensive.
Don’t Overspend on Fruit and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are the staple foods of any healthy diet, but it can be expensive getting your 5 a day. Market stalls and local fruit and veg shops can be much cheaper than supermarkets, and the produce is often much fresher. However, if you don’t have one nearby, you can still save money on your supermarket shop. Vegetables that have been pre-prepared might save you a few minutes in the kitchen, but it’s really not worth paying the extra money just because they have been skinned or chopped. Frozen vegetables can be just as convenient and they are usually a lot cheaper and last much longer. Also, make sure you always compare the prices between loose fruit and vegetables and those in packages. Loose is not always necessarily cheaper, so make sure you check each time so that you can enjoy the best deals.
Buying Special Offers in Bulk
If you have the cupboard space, buying special offers in bulk is the best way to save huge amounts of money on your grocery shopping You may have to pay more up front, but bulk purchases are much cheaper than buying individual items. Of course, make sure you don’t get carried away. Buying massive bags of fresh produce or meat on special offer in bulk will be much cheaper, but it will be a waste of savings if the food goes off before you have a chance to eat it. The likes of cleaning products, detergents, toilet paper and kitchen roll are better bought in bulk because they are products every household needs and you don’t have to worry about best before dates.