Grocery shopping is a necessity, but a lot of money gets wasted at the supermarket through impulse buying and poor advance preparation. This is money that could be put to better use. How can you save money on groceries while you are at the supermarket?
Have you noticed that the longer you linger in the supermarket, the more likely you are to spend more money? The reason being, you will be exposed to even more “deals” and “offers” than if you were to get in and out within a short period of time.
Moreover, the longer you spend looking over a product, the more likely you are to actually purchase it. Stick to a strict shopping list and do not leisurely walk up and down the aisles “just in case” you have forgotten to add something to your shopping list. Chances are, if you have taken the time to actually look through your fridge, freezer and pantry, you will have a complete shopping list of items you actually need.
When to Buy Meat Products
Meat, poultry and seafood cost a lot more than fruit and vegetables, which is one of the main reasons for sky high costs when you reach the check out. Stock up on meat, poultry and seafood when they are on sale, to help keep your grocery shopping costs down. These items freeze well and will keep for several months.
When you get home, divide chicken breasts, minced meat and seafood into single serving freezer bags and freeze. Dividing meat, poultry and seafood into individual portions makes it easier to tailor single-serving portion sizes, especially if you are single or live with your spouse. This in turn will help cut food waste, thus maximising your grocery shopping savings.
Stock Up on Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruit and vegetables are often wasted, as they are not always eaten in time before they go off. Limit the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables that you buy by only purchasing what you need and filling up your trolley from the freezer aisle instead of buying all of your fruits and vegetables from the produce section.
Many frozen varieties of fruits and vegetables are picked and packed at their peak of freshness, which means many of the nutrients have been retained, rather than lost over time during transportation to the supermarkets. Stock your freezer with plenty of frozen fruits and vegetables for quick and easy smoothies, steamed vegetables, or for soups, casseroles, stews and other meals.
Money saving tips such as speed shopping, buying meat and seafood on sale and stocking up on frozen products can mean considerable savings for families over time.
Everyday with Rachael Ray, 9 Tips to Save Money on your Grocery Bill, by Nicole Cherie Jones