It’s a common misconception that a healthy and wholesome diet costs a lot of money and takes a lot of effort.
Here are 10 methods and tips for keeping your supermarket bills low but still retaining a high nutritional lifestyle nevertheless:
1. Track your supermarket spending
Set a budget for your weekly or monthly supermarket trips. If possible, set aside an amount of cash and don’t charge any food on your credit card.
All food purchases will come from that portioned amount. including coffee gum, etc. At the same time, write down everything you spend on food and slowly get a better idea of the budget you need.
2. Kitchen sweep
Instead of buying groceries every week, use up any food left over in the fridge, freezer and pantry. It might take a dose of creativity and cooking skill but it will save money and prevent waste.
3. Shop local
Organic, high quality foods tend to be cheaper when bought locally. Seasonal foods also cost less and are fresher than frozen alternatives. Get to know all the retailers in your area and figure out which stores have the best prices on individual products you buy often.
4. Try vegetarian
Meat is expensive. Instead of diving head first into vegetarianism, you can try doing a few “meatless” nights each week. Good replacements include beans, tofu, whole grains and eggs.
5. Buy bulk
Very often products become cheaper when you buy wholesale quantities. This works best with dry goods, of course. Just make sure you have the storage space!
6. Shop the sales
Pay more attention to coupons and discounts in your grocery store.
7. Buy frozen
Not all frozen food is evil. It’s often less expensive and can still be nutritional. The “flash freezing” method can even retain more nutrients than fresh produce would have by the time it reached you.
8. Eat leftovers
Stop throwing away food! Get creative with leftover portions, perhaps doctoring them up or throwing them in a sandwich or salad. It’ll save time and money.
9. Plan ahead of time
Plan your meals for the week in advance. By thinking ahead you can figure out the ingredients you’ll need and eliminate last-minute excess and impulse purchases.
10. Reduce restaurants
Eating out isn’t cheap, and not often not too healthy either. However much you rely on delivery, cut it back in a strategic way and you’re already saving money. Bring lunches form home, start cooking more, and quit buying expensive designer coffee.