Walking into a grocery store without having anything in mind as to what you need to buy can be very intimidating, especially when you are on a budget.
5.6% of total disposable income pays for grocery purchases these days. By comparison, Americans spend 4.3% of their disposable income on dining out.
It’s important to understand how to optimize your grocery shopping and get the most bang for your buck.
Look for Sales and Plan Meals accordingly
Check to see if your grocery store has an email list you can sign up for that includes weekly coupons. This way, you will know which items are on sale that week and you can plan your cooking according to those sales.
Some grocery stores also have loyalty or discount cards including senior discounts and even student discounts! Never be afraid to ask, you never know what they will say!
Plan ahead and Meal prep
Purchasing your produce and meats in larger bulks can end up being cheaper for you. With this in mind, at the beginning of the week, you can cook a large batch and disperse this meal throughout the whole week. Don’t be nervous to buy and cook a 4-pound chicken and 10 potatoes at one time! It may be a lot of work at the start of the week but you will thank yourself as the week goes on.
Meal prepping is perfect for busy individuals and people who are on a budget. Once you get in the habit of doing it weekly you will not be able to stop!
Stick to your grocery list
Going to the grocery store without a list is a guaranteed way to forget something or spend more money than you planned. Only sixty-nine percent of women say they make a list before going shopping compared to 52% of men.
Every time you go to the grocery store you should go with a list and get that and only that. It is very easy to get sidetracked, which can lead to you buying items that you don’t necessarily need, like a tub of ice cream you are craving that moment or the new chocolate bars at the checkout line.
Resist the temptations at the checkout!
Buy Fresh produce in season and then freeze it
When buying produce that is not in season will always cost more because it takes longer to be able to source the product for the seller. This way, if you buy produce when it is in-season it will cost you less and then you can freeze it and eat it in the future.
Cook large portions and repurpose leftovers
This can save you time and money.
Leftovers can be used for another meal the next day. You can then mix and match what you eat for a completely new meal.