As families try to eat more foods at home and are trying to cook more meals from scratch using traditional and new recipes, we worry about how we can make our budget go farther at the grocery store.
Buying the ingredients we need to cook at home and feeding our families healthy, nutritious foods is really much cheaper than eating out.
Here are a few tips to make our food dollars work for us.
- Buy frozen or canned (low sodium/no salt added) vegetables which are just as nutritious and cheaper
- Buy in-season produce
- Look for canned fruit packed in its own juice or frozen fruit
- Don’t be afraid to use store brands which are less expensive
- Rice and pasta are good grain options that are reasonably priced per serving
- Incorporate more beans into your meals as protein substitutes
- Eggs and other high protein foods like quinoa and hummus are good protein choices that are low in cost
- Love seafood but not the price? Try canned seafood like crab or salmon which is cheaper than the fresh product and is a no fuss ingredient in your recipes
- Buy the large container of plain yogurt, add your own frozen fruit and portion for eating
- Add powdered milk to your recipes instead of liquid, it won’t spoil as quickly on the shelf and is cheaper than bottled milk
- If fresh fruits or vegetables look like they are overripe, freeze them for recipes like soups, smoothies and stew so it won’t go to waste
- Buy in bulk whenever possible and portion to meet your needs
- Purchase family pack protein items and freeze extra portions
- Buy with sales and portion out and freeze for future use
- Read supermarket flyers and stock up from the location where what you want is cheapest
- Use grocery store loyalty cards to get extra savings and rewards
- Pay attention to sell by and use by dates to be sure your food doesn’t go to waste before you have a chance to use it, read it before you buy it so you don’t purchase expired foods
- Use coupons for money saving
- Check the shelf tag to determine which product is cheaper by the unit, sometimes the smaller one is the better value
- Eat before you shop to avoid impulse purchases
- Always shop with a list that you made from your planned week’s menu based on the weekly supermarket sales
Enjoy your food buying experience, involve the kids and make the shopping an event!