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Simple Ways To Save Money On Food Shopping

Follow these tips for save money on groceries

Everybody loves to eat the best food their money can afford. Anyone who follows this blog will know I publish a lot of articles highlighting my favorite meals and how to cook them. Today, I thought it was time to discuss the best methods for saving money on your food shopping. I’ve been using all the ideas on this page for a few years, and so I know they work well. You don’t have to follow my advice, but it could mean you have more cash in the bank for the finer things in life.

Shop more often for fresh food
If you follow these simple tips, not only that you will save money on food,
but you will also eat more fresh food.  (Image source: Flickr.com)

Don’t do a weekly shop

Most people will tell you that buying all your food from the same store will reduce the expense. While that is true in some circumstances, it means you never eat the best products. Fresh food tastes much better than anything frozen or in a packet. People who purchase lots of fresh items on a weekly basis will end up throwing things away. With that in mind, you should consider visiting the shop every couple of days. Just buy enough to create your meals for two nights at a time. That way, nothing should pass the used by date before you come to eat it.

Vacuum pack everything

A good vacuum packaging machine is not going to break the bank. However, it could help you to save hundreds of dollars throughout the year. Why do you think butchers and other independent food sellers use them so frequently? By vacuum packing fresh food, it is possible to triple the shelf life. Meat or vegetables that might only last three days could remain edible for more than ten. You can also freeze anything that is vacuum packed and keep it fresh for even longer.

Write a shopping list

People who want to save money on food should never visit the store without a list. Doing so will mean you succumb to all those sales psychology tactics that encourage impulse purchases. For example, my partner came home with lots of odd items when I sent him out to get beef casserole ingredients last week.

Write a shopping list
One of the ways to save money on groceries is to write a shopping list, which also helps you avoid buying stuff you don't need.  (Image source: Flickr.com)

Believe it or not, there is a reason you smell fresh bread whenever you walk into a supermarket. Psychologists understand that you are more likely to spend when you are relaxed and comfortable. That is why you smell the bakery straight away, even though it’s at the back of the store. There are lots of other tricks in place that could encourage you to spend more cash. So, make a list and do not deviate from the plan.

So long as you follow that basic advice, you should notice that food bills begin to drop. Nobody wants to spend more cash on essentials than is necessary. However, eating those microwave meals all the time is not good for your health. You need fresh products to ensure your body gets all its nutrients. Vegetables, meat, and similar items should never come in a frozen bag. Freezing fresh food yourself is fine, but don’t purchase it that way.

Anne Arnould

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