Grocery shopping is something that we all have to do to put food on the table. Unfortunately, for many of us, it ends up being higher than we might like.
Worse still, it isn’t always clear why.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the factors that can contribute to higher-than-expected grocery bills. Take a look at the following:
You’re Not Planning You Shopping
Just heading to the store and picking items you think you’ll need for the week is probably a bad idea. Unless you have a purpose for every piece of food that you buy, you’ll inevitably end up spending more than you need.
Try planning out your meals for the week in advance instead and then build your shopping list around them. That way, you won’t end up buying fridge-fillers that don’t eventually find their way into a meal.
You Insist On Eating Meat At Every Meal
Some people believe that if they haven’t had meat, they haven’t really eaten a meal. This point of view just isn’t valid: there are plenty of lighter meat alternatives out there that can satisfy. What’s more, they’re usually a heck of a lot cheaper than animal-based options. A tin of beans provides as many calories from protein as a beefsteak but costs ten times less.
You Aren’t Using Discounts
Superstores love to offer their customers discounts. Walmart coupons, for example, are a tool that the grocer uses to entice shoppers into its stores.
These coupons often allow you to save enormous sums of money. Some, for instance, offer more than 75 percent off certain products, slashing your bill.
You Aren’t Buying In Season
The price of food tends to change throughout the year. When something is “in season,” it is a lot less expensive than when it is out of season and must be imported.
You can, therefore, save money by adjusting your recipes according to the type of food available throughout the year. Eat berries in summer, root veg in winter, and seasonal greens throughout the year.
You Don’t Keep A Supply Of Staple Ingredients
The people who keep their grocery bills down the most are those who hold a supply of staple ingredients in the pantry. Having staples in place means that you don’t need to buy all the ingredients for a recipe every time you go to the grocery store. Instead, you can just pick up the odd fresh element here and there and then add it to your meal.
You Don’t Freeze Your Leftovers
Scooping leftover food out of a bowl and into the bin is a colossal waste. Leftovers are great for lunch the next day or for when you just can’t be bothered to cook in the evening.
Most people neglect to freeze their leftovers for two reasons: they don’t have space in their freezer, or they don’t have the right containers for the food. Next time you’re in the grocery store, pick up some sealable plastic containers and start putting your leftover food in them.