I love food. I am the person who enjoys watching food shows, cooking, and even going grocery shopping. Food is one of those expenses that we can never get out of-we have to eat. With food prices going up and a large percentage of our money being spent on meals outside of the home how we spend money on our food makes a huge difference.
Here are several ways to shop for food cheaply, that are very simple:
First, always have a good idea of what you have in your pantry.
Try to have a good number of staples on hand and don’t skimp on the quality-just buy those items on sale. No, you don’t have to coupon and I would say that most people might not have the time or energy to coupon effectively. Just have a good idea of what you like to eat and the lowest food quality that you can tolerate. Don’t buy food below that level-you’ll waste it!
People make the mistake of always popping into the grocery store after work. DON’T. Save yourself some time and energy by going once a week. Have a menu for the week and use what’s in your home. Be creative when you find your pantry a little low. Push yourself to use what you have on hand.
I regularly shop at Whole Foods. In fact, I specifically prefer to purchase my meats from Whole Foods. I also like to shop the Whole Foods bulk foods area. It is quite frankly one of the best ways to get great items ranging from: dried fruit, rice, or chocolate without spending an arm and a leg on the items. Also, you get just what you need instead of ridiculously large packages of stuff that you won’t use. I also shop at Albertsons for their inexpensive canned items; Safeway for great cereal deals; and Trader Joes for alcohol. I must admit that I am loyal to brands for certain things but am comfortable trying something new. However, I also know that if I don’t like something it will be wasted so I try to be selective about what I try to save money on.
Food is tricky because for some people food is just fuel.
For other people food is pleasure. For me I live to eat whereas other people just eat to live. Determine what kind of person you are and shop accordingly while keeping your health in mind. There is no reason to go broke at the grocery store. Make sure to stock up on what you like when it’s on sale.
Work with a budget.
Take a month and write down what you’re spending on groceries during that month. Spend some time thinking about how you feel about the amount of money you spent. Do you feel it’s too much? Too little? Only you know that answer.
What are your simple ways to shop for food cheaply?