Get the most for your budget. There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat. The three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars.
- Plan, Plan, Plan – Before your head to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. Include meals like stews, casseroles, or stir-fried, which “stretch”expensive items into more portions. Check to see what foods you already have and make a list for what you need to buy.
- Get the Best Price – Check the local newspaper, online, and at the store for sales and coupons. Ask about a loyalty card for extra savings at stores where you shop. Look for specials or sales on meat and seafood often the most expensive items on your list.
- Compare and Contrast – Locate the “Unit Price” on the shelf directly below the product. Use it to compare different brands and different sizes of the same brand to determine which is more economical.
- Buy n Bulk – It is almost always cheaper to buy foods in bulk. Smart choices are family packs of chicken, steak, or fish and larger bags of potatoes and frozen vegetables. Before you shop, remember to check if you have enough freezer space.
- Buy in Season – Buying fruits and vegetables in season can lower the cost and add to the freshness. If you are not going to use them all right away, but some that still need time to ripen.