These are some ways I save money when it comes to grocery shopping. While I believe it is essential to purchase high quality and organic foods, the rising costs in food over the past few years has made it difficult to stick to a budget.
In the past, I have had to decrease my food budget and prioritize what I wanted to spend my money on. I’ve also found which places offer the most affordable prices for both organic and non-organic foods. Here are some tips that I have discovered help me shop wisely:
- Make a list and stick to it! Don’t purchase an item just because it’s on sale. Chances are you will not use it. I’ve tried it.
- Plan menus. Planning ahead=savings. This will also prevent you from throwing out food you thought you would cook.
- Purchase only organic foods that are necessary. The dirty dozen: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, grapes, pears, spinach, and potatoes. These are foods you should purchase organic because of the high pesticide content.
- Choose a food budget per paycheck. Plan on spending a certain dollar amount each paycheck on groceries and stick to it. I use cash so I be sure to stick to it.
- Try downsizing on the amount of meat you eat per week. We really don’t need to eat meat every day. When purchasing meat, get a whole or half cow from your local farmer. This will cost less in the long run.
- Purchase fruits and vegetables. Produce is so affordable and since it is full of fiber, it will keep you satisfied longer.
- Consider a Costco or Sam’s Club membership. You can purchase bulk vegetables and fruits at a great price. If you purchase alot of organic and whole foods, Azure Standard is another place to order bulk foods.
- Eat more whole foods rather than processed foods. It may seem like processed/packaged foods can be cheaper, but in reality they are not! Processed foods are stripped from their natural state and do not provide nutrients or fiber that satisfy our appetite like whole foods can.
- Choose affordable stores. I have shopped many places in order to stick to my budget I have found that Target and our newly opened Trader Joes is the least expensive store for groceries. Of course Walmart will always have low prices but I do take in to consideration the quality as well.
- Cook at home. If an average meal eating out costs $10 and you eat out about at least 1 meal each day, at the end of the week you will have already spent $70. It pays to be prepared!