- Check your local adverts. Many products go on special in regular intervals, if you can figure out the ‘pattern’ and buy some of your favorite products when they go on special, you can really save up.
- Sign up for your local supermarket’s discount card.
- Freeze excess produce. If you have purchased too much produce and are worried about spoilage, consider freezing your fruit and vegetables. This will not decrease the nutritional value and also works out well for future soup or smoothie recipes.
- Plan a grocery list. Impulse purchases can really add up, so instead of grabbing random eats that look appetizing at the moment and will actually collect dust in the cupboard, plan a healthy grocery list of essentials in advance.
- Buy in bulk. This can save you quite a bit of money in the long run. It’s a good idea to stock up on items that aren’t likely to spoil when they are on sale, for example: peanut butter. You can also buy produce in bulk and freeze (as mentioned above).
- Choose generic brands. Many worry about the quality of generic brands, but quite often the generic brands are actually produced by brand name factories with extra capacity. There will not be a noticeable difference in quality, plus you will slash costs.
- Visit your local Farmer’s Market and buy in season. Many assume that Farmer’s Markets are more expensive, but in most cases this isn’t true. Buying your produce in season is also much more cost-effective and will taste fresher.
- Carry a water bottle. This will keep you from buying potentially more expensive items like juice, soda, or energy drinks while you are out.
- Pack your lunch and cook more meals at home. Though it is fun for a treat to eat out, your wallet and your body will thank you if you make an effort to eat at home. You know exactly what you are putting into your food and saving money, win-win.
- Start a garden. While this may be an initial investment, growing a few key items in your own home will repay your investment many times over, not only with regards to cost, but also convenience.