The cost of many goods and services continue to rise and in terms of food products, this is reflected in higher prices at the grocery store. Going to buy food does not have to require getting a second job to pay for the items. There are easy ways to save money when food shopping.
Step 1: Purchase produce when it is in season. In-season food usually has low prices. For example, corn sold in the summer is much cheaper than corn sold in the winter. Visit local farm markets for the best deals because the prices do not include transportation costs.
Step 2: Use coupons and purchase sale items. When using coupons, select only those for products that you would normally purchase. Plan meals around items on sale at the store and store other sale items in the refrigerator and freezer. You will save money and have some great meals for the coming weeks.
Step 3: Rather than ordering lunch at work or school, pack a lunch containing leftovers. This allows you to save money and control the calories and fat content in your meal. If a refrigerator is not available during the day, use containers and freezer packs.
Step 4: Purchase dried, canned, or frozen versions of recipe ingredients. These are often less inexpensive than fresh items and they usually have the same amount of nutritional value. Frozen produce and fish, dried fruits, powdered milk, and canned foods are low-cost alternatives to fresh.
Step 5: Before purchasing anything perishable, consider when you will use it. If there will be excess chicken, use it in a salad, soup, or stew. Combine other leftovers into a breakfast omelet or lunchtime sandwich.
Step 6: Purchase store brands whenever possible. Just as brand named products do, these must adhere to food quality and safety standards. Some grocery stores even purchase the name brand items and place their own labels on them.