For those who don’t prep, I thought a few tips on saving at the grocery store might come in handy especially with food prices continuing to soar. Many households are feeling the pinch on their budgets. Rising inflation, supply chain disruptions, and other factors contribute to the increase in grocery costs. However, there are practical and effective ways to save on your food bill, so let’s get to work and see what can be done.
Plan Your Meals and Create a Shopping List
One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to plan your meals in advance. Take some time each week to create a meal plan and a corresponding shopping list. This helps you avoid impulse purchases and ensures that you only buy what you need. And don’t take it all on your shoulders. Ask your family and others in the household to suggest some meals and have them help you make the list, so that everyone realizes what it takes to produce a meal, from planning, to shopping, to paying for it, and to preparing it.
Buy in Bulk
Consider purchasing non-perishable items in bulk. Look for deals on pantry staples such as rice, pasta, and canned goods. As I’ve warned in previous posts… don’t buy a food item in bulk that you haven’t tried, or you could be left with food no one wants to eat. Remember… try before you buy.
Take Advantage of Sales and Discounts
Always keep an eye out for sales, discounts, and promotions at your local grocery stores. Many supermarkets offer weekly specials or loyalty programs that can help you save on various items. You may not need a particular item that is on sale at the moment, but you’d be wise to buy it while it’s on sale. Think of it as your start to prepping and take advantage of these deals.
Generic and Store Brands
Opting for generic or store-brand products can significantly reduce your grocery bill. These alternatives often have similar quality to name brands but come with a lower price tag. Compare prices and consider making the switch for certain items. This is another one of those… try before you buy. Just because the price is good doesn’t mean the taste will be good.
Shop Seasonal and Local
Purchase fruits and vegetables that are in-season and locally sourced. Not only are these items likely to be fresher, but they also tend to be more affordable when they are in abundance. Explore farmers’ markets or local produce stands for budget-friendly options.
Grow Your Own Veggies & Herbs
Don’t be afraid to give it a try. All you need is one pot to start and a sunny window and you can have your own basil to flavor your recipes with or plant oregano, cilantro, chives. Even a small outdoor space can produce a good veggie garden and the taste of your own home-grown veggies are unbeatable.
Embrace Meatless Meals
Meat can be a pricey component of your grocery bill, especially nowadays with the sky-rocketing prices. Search for meatless meal recipes. Here’s a couple to get you started… 17 Meatless Dinner Ideas to Satisfy Every Appetite and 21 Easy Meatless Dinners That Are Ready in 30 Minutes or Less.
Minimize Food Waste
Be mindful of food expiration dates and try to use perishable items before they go bad. Additionally, get creative with leftovers by repurposing them into new meals. Minimizing food waste saves money.
Use Coupons and Cashback Apps
Take advantage of coupons and cashback apps to further reduce your grocery expenses. Many apps offer digital coupons and cashback incentives on specific products. It’s a simple way to save a few extra dollars on your shopping trips.
There is no doubt that rising food prices present a challenge. Adopting at least a few of these tips can help you navigate through the current economic climate and keep your grocery bill under control. Planning ahead is always your best bet to save money, and it helps you make informed choices. Taking advantage of discounts and sales helps you to keep more of your hard-earned money, and searching for new recipes that cut costs adds to that savings as well as introducing you to a world of flavorful new dishes. And who knows… it may just turn you into a prepper!
Until next time… stay prepped & prepared!