I have a confession to make…
I don’t set a budget for myself for groceries.
I know, it’s bad. I tend to spend most of my money on food because it’s important to me! It’s one of those things where I say I’d rather invest in good, healthy food instead of other things like getting my nails done, buying clothes, etc. However, I have to admit I do spend more than I probably need to.
It’s also pretty common to hear people saying they can’t afford to eat healthy. There are so many ways to save money on groceries, so that’s what I’m here to share with you all. Lets jump right into it!
1. Shop locally, such as at the Farmer’s Market.
Buying foods from local farmers are much cheaper, and more fresh, than buying them from the store. Scoping out your local farmers markets are certainly a great idea for your produce!
2. Buy in season.
Foods that are in season are cheaper than foods that aren’t in season. For example, in the summer, berries are usually cheap and on sale. Once the winter comes around, the price skyrockets. A quick search in google will tell you which foods are in season in your area, and therefore less expensive.
3. You don’t need organic, but if you do, steer clear of the dirty dozen and go for the clean fifteen.
Certain types of produce is dirtier than others. According to the EWG, their 2015 Clean Fifteen™ list of produce least likely to hold pesticide residues consists of avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides on them. The EWG’s 2015 Dirty Dozen™ list is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes. Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
4. Go in with a list and STICK TO IT.
I have a problem where every time I go into the store I tend to just wander up and down the isles and grab things that I want, especially down the nut butter isle. Maybe that’s why I have about 293489023 jars, perhaps? Writing out a list ahead of time and not buying anything outside of that list will help you not spend extra money.
5. Try meal planning.
I’ve personally never done this, but I’ve heard a lot of people have success with it. Planning out the specific meals you’ll be having for the week will help you buy things that are needed for those meals. This will keep you from buying extra things that may just go bad.
6. Shop for certain things online.
I love shopping for specialty items like protein nut butters, stevia, coconut flour, and so much more online. Some great websites are vita cost, iherb, swanson vitamins, and netrition.
7. Buy in Bulk.
Usually grains and beans are great items to buy in bulk. Whole foods, trader joes, and costco has great prices for those types of food.
What tips would you add?
What do you spend a little extra on?