Finding ways to save money at the grocery store is one of those things that people do, but seems to go overlooked. It’s not like anyone comes up with all-out strategies to slash your food budget, however.
Mostly, individuals choose to add onto their shopping habits in certain areas. Some reduce how many items they purchase, while others look into online or mobile discounts or coupons.
Some even find lower cost groceries by buying their groceries under special circumstances such as during an advertisement or sale event. While some are more creative about it, most people just stick to what works for them.
There is no wrong way to save money if you’re willing to put in the effort.
Use spices for flavor
There is an assumption in most grocery stores that if something sounds good, you should buy it! This isn’t always the case though.
Many times companies add flavors to make money off your desire to consume their product. The cost of these additives can add up quickly so don’t be too happy with yourself when you find them in your shopping cart.
Spices are a great way to keep down food costs as well as aid in overall health. Many people forget about the benefits of adding spice to foods- but they do exist.
Some examples include antioxidants, anti-inflammatory effects, improved digestion, and higher nutrition levels.
Mix it up
Recent trends in eating are towards healthier diets, which means lower food costs! If you notice your grocery bills going up but not down, try experimenting with different foods and meal plans to see what works for you.
There is no one way to eat healthy so there’s no “secret trick” to saving money at the store. However, you can find lots of tips and tricks to help you save money while feeding yourself healthily.
You can do this by mixing and matching fruits and vegetables, buying less or more expensive ones, changing how much meat and cheese you have, and cooking at home instead of dining out every day.
Many people begin spending more money after earning a degree, especially if they are paying student loans. With these tips, you can be sure to spend as little as possible on groceries.
Set your cooking temperature
When baking, know when to bake! Most recipes call for an initial setting time followed by a second set of instructions to be done. If you start the oven before that first step is completed, then you may end up wasting money because you baked the bread for longer than needed or it took extra minutes for the dough to rise due to the warm temperatures.
Many things contribute to this including having cold burners, hot toppings like salt and pepper, and heat being conducted from the burner to the pan. All these factors can affect how fast the dough or meal finishes in the oven/microwave.
By using a thermometer to check if the dough has finished rising, you will know when to take it out! This cuts down on wasted food as well as spending money.
Know your ingredients
In knowing your products, you will know what some of their ingredients are and how much value they bring to the product. For example, when buying milk, fresh or dried, do not buy fake milk that is just dyed liquid food dye!
Many brands use cheap preservatives and additives in the milk to keep it from going bad. These additives can be harmful for us as consumers because we drink so many bottles of milk every week.
Some of these include dl-methionine which acts as an amino acid that helps promote bone growth, lactic acid bacteria which help prevent bacterial growth and cheese flavorings such as tartaric acid used to give a tangy taste. Both of these add cost to making the milk, thus increasing the price per bottle.
There may also be sugar added to make it more affordable to produce, but with the increased costs due to the additives, it becomes too expensive to manufacture and sell. Therefore, it is important to look past the price tag and see if there are better alternatives before investing in the product.
Don’t rely on salt
While it is important to know how to use salty ingredients like bread, cheese, or pickled vegetables, you don’t need very much of them to make a difference in the cost of your food.
The average one-year-old child needs about two tablespoons (9 grams) of table salt per day! That’s enough to ensure that their diet contains enough sodium to help maintain blood pressure.
But if you are over 18 years old, then yourself as well as your children should be conscious of how much salt they consume. The recommended daily amount of salt for adults is 2,000 mg per day!
This covers around 6–7 g of plain white salt such as those found in cooking and baking.
Use pasta and rice cooking liquid
Pasta and rice dishes are some of the best ways to eat low cost, nutritious food. While most people throw out the leftover dry pasta or rice you can add these to your repertoire!
Most restaurants will include a side dish containing all that lovely pasta or rice sauce. That sauce typically includes water, olive oil, and/or red pepper flakes. It is very expensive to be in a restaurant so they usually discount or give away this sauce.
You can make extra money by investing in a stockpot or medium size pan. These have lids and are great for using up leftover sauces from foods.
By adding one cup of each of those liquids to your cooked pasta or rice, you get one free serving! This adds up quickly if you cook enough meals.
Pasta and rice recipes do not take too long to make so you can easily earn extra money while still keeping busy.
Use fruit or vegetable juice
We spend a lot of money at grocery stores, but not every item is worth it! Many foods that are expensive taste worse than nothing at all.
Some items may cost more per pound, but you will need to eat much larger amounts to get the same flavor. Some examples of this are meat, fruits, and vegetables. They can be very expensive if you look into buying them in bulk.
One way to use these products is to make your own fresh juices from them. You would mix together their liquid with another fluid (water, milk, etc.) and drink it.
The best liquids to add to your drinks are usually water, milk, and plain sugar free yogurt. These beverages are already mixed so there isn’t anything else to experiment with.
You can also combine the fluids with some greens like spinach to create an even better drink. Add enough greens to give yourself a good amount of vitamins and minerals and sip your juice slowly to reduce any bitterness.
Another option is to buy a juicer and prepare your own juices at home. There are many types depending on what type of pulp you want to keep or remove.
Try new recipes
We are spending way too much money at our grocery stores, and we as consumers have a lot of power to help fix that. One of the best things you can do is try making your own food!
Making your own snacks or meal-prep items is a great way to save some cash. Plus, it’s a nice break from buying packaged foods that contain lots of sugar and salt.
You don’t need a fancy pot or stove to get started either. There are many ways to make delicious, cost effective meals in a kitchen full of gadgets.
We have gathered several easy tips here for you to start experimenting with.