If you don’t find smart ways to save money, you will spend much more than you should. Follow these tips from experts in saving money to stretch your food budget more that you thought it might be possible.
- Plan Ahead. Create a weekly menu plan, the list of products that you need and don’t overbuy. Having a snack previously to your visit to shop can help you to avoid unnecessary impulse purchases. You can also check what’s on sale before you plan your weekly menu and create it in accordance with the best offers.
- Make Healthy Choices. Eating healthy can save your money. Researchers from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that when people were on diets to lose weight, not only their weight but also their food expenses decreased. You don’t need chips, soda, additional bakery, and big portions. Neither your wallet nor your organism needs it.
- Buy Products in Season. Corn on the cob is a great thing to buy during the summer months. Target seasonal products that are priced to be good selling.
- Use Sales and Coupons. Remember what we’ve mentioned in the first point? Plan your meals around what’s on sale right now. Make use of sales and coupons once they appear and you’ll be surprised by how much you can save on it.
- Pack your lunch. Making a lunch and taking it with you is a great way to save money. But it’s not the only advantage. Another important thing is that you control all the ingredients and can make sure that you’re eating healthy and low-calorie foods. Use containers and freezer packs to keep your lunch at necessary temperature.
- Frozen, Dried, or Canned. These products cost less than their fresh analogs, but most of the time they remain equally nutritious. The convenient thing about these products is that you can use the amount that you need at the moment and then put it back in the freezer.
- Save on Protein Foods. Switch from expensive protein foods like poultry, meat, and fish to inexpensive vegetarian analogs like tofu, eggs, beans, and legumes from time to time. Try to eat vegetarian food at least one or two times a week. Eating meat choose smaller portions. Meat may be tasty, but the research shows that it’s not good for your health.
- Waste Not. Leftovers from poultry, meat, and vegetables can be used in salads, soups, stews, and casseroles. This way you will not only save money but also demonstrate some creativity in the kitchen.
- Go Generic. Buy store brands instead of national brands which cost more. If you’re not sure about the quality, just check the list of ingredients. Also pick simpler versions of the products you love. For instance, buy sugarless corn flakes instead of flavored ones.
- Buy and Cook In Bulk. It saves both time and money. Buy in bulk, then prepare food and freeze it.
Imagine how much money you can save following these tips!