Get the most out of your food budget! There are many ways to save money on the foods you eat. The three main steps are planning before shopping, buying the items at the best price, and preparing meals that will strain your food budget.
Plan, plan, plan!
Before you go to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. You can also prepare meals such as stews, crates, or pan dishes that “stretch” expensive items into multiple portions. Check what foods you already have and make a list of what you need to buy.
Get the best price
Find out more about sales and coupons in the local newspaper, online, and in the shop. Ask for a loyalty card for additional savings in the stores where you shop. Look for special offers or sales of meat and seafood – often the most expensive items on your list.
Compare and Contrast
Find the “piece price” on the shelf just below the product. Use it to compare different brands and sizes of the same brand to see which one is cheaper.
Buy in large quantities.
It is almost always cheaper to buy food in large quantities. A smart choice is family packs of chicken, steak or fish, and larger bags of potatoes and frozen vegetables. Before you shop, remember to check if you have enough space in the freezer.
Buy in season
Buying fruit and vegetables in season can reduce costs and increase freshness! If you don’t use them all right away, buy some that still need time to mature.
Convenience costs back to the basics
Ready meals such as frozen dishes, pre-cut vegetables, and instant rice, oatmeal, or grits cost you more than if you prepared them from scratch. Take the time to make your food – and save!
Save your wallet
Certain foods are usually inexpensive all year round. Try beans for a cheaper protein food. For vegetables, you buy carrots, vegetables or potatoes. As far as fruit is concerned, apples and bananas are the right choices.
Cooking once Eat all week!
Prepare a large number of favorite recipes on your day off (double or triple the recipe). Freeze in individual containers. Use them all week long, and you don’t have to spend money on takeaway meals.
Bring your creative juices to flow.
Spice up your leftovers – use them in new ways. For example, try chicken leftovers in the pan or over a garden salad or prepare chicken chili. Remember throwing away food means throwing away your money!
Restaurants can be expensive. Save money by taking advantage of the early booking offer, going out for lunch instead of dinner, or looking for “2 for 1” offers. Stick to water instead of ordering other drinks that will add to the bill.