15 Cost-Saving Grocery Tips
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With that in mind, here are 15 tips that are the best of the best to get high-quality food on a limited budget:
- Choose local foods over organic foods. Often, locally grown foods are raised according to organic standards at a more affordable price.
- If all that's available or affordable is fresh, conventionally grown produce, buy it, wash it well at home, and eat it.
- Look for local farms, farmer's markets and food coops offering raw dairy products, eggs, produce, and grass-fed meat. This will allow you to cut out the middleman and save money. Buying in large quantities, such as a side of grass-fed beef, can also save you money in the long run as long as you have room to freeze it (and you consume it before it goes bad).
- Skip ready-made meals and prepared or pre-cut foods, which can cost up to double the amount as the unprepared versions.
- Plan your meals ahead of time (including cooking large batches and freezing some for later) so you don't splurge on expensive, unhealthy fast-food at the last minute.
- Pass on processed junk foods like potato chips, soda, cookies, candy, and other snacks. These are a complete waste of money, even if they're "organic."
- Buy plenty of fresh veggies, they're usually less expensive than canned versions (just make sure you use them before they go bad).
- Only buy what you need. Keep track of what's in your pantry so you don't double-up on foods unnecessarily.
- Clip coupons and use them when you can (but don't buy something unhealthy just because it's on sale).
- Watch the register when you check out of the grocery store. They often ring up wrong prices, at your expense.
- Shop with a calculator so you can determine if it's really a better deal to buy something in bulk or in a larger size.
- Watch weekly specials, and be aware of what's really a good price. You can often find organic produce on sale for less than conventional produce if you know what prices to watch for.
- If you have the space, consider starting your own vegetable garden. When factoring in start-up and maintenance costs, a well-maintained food garden yields a $500 average return each year compared to the market price of produce, according to the National Gardening Association (NGA). So there is a definite financial incentive there.
- Remember this rule of thumb: Fresh food is always better than frozen, but frozen is better than canned.
- Make the most of your food purchases by focusing on those that are right for your nutritional type. The nutritional typing assessment is now absolutely free, and will give you an idea of which foods you should eat for optimal health and nutrition.
A Few More Tips
- Organic Connections - How to Afford Organic Foods on a Budget.
- Whole 9 Life - Paleo Poor - Your Guide to the Grocery Store.
- Weston Price - Eating Shouldn't Cost an Arm and a Leg.
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