Many people are trying to save money these days. Since groceries are something that everyone must buy or grow themselves, learning how to save on food costs is a good way to make a dent in your debt and keep more money in your pocket.
Here are five easy ways to save on food costs and put more money back in your pocket.
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Grow Your Own Food
There are several ways to save money on food, including growing your own fruits and vegetables. The trade-off that comes with growing your own food is the time that you will spend gardening.
If you enjoy gardening as a hobby, this is the perfect option for you and your budget. Purchasing seeds or plants as seedlings is much less expensive than buying the finished product.
You will need to learn techniques to store your home-grown food and you will spend some money on the initial purchases. Canning equipment and jars can be reused, so once you have made the first purchase, you will benefit many times from the results.
If you’re like me and either suck at gardening or are pretty inpatient, try starting with foods that regrow themselves. Check out this neat image below from Whole Foods on how to get started:
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When growing your own food is not an option, shopping at a Farmer’s Market is another choice. Most of these markets offer fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables at a lower cost than grocery stores. In general, you will not be able to find those imported foods that you love, but you will save money and the environment by choosing local produce.
Without the added cost of shipping and storing the foods, Farmer’s Markets are a wonderful way to save on local perishable foods. Plus you can always get to know the farmers and make deals with them if you buy a lot.
Frozen and Canned
Buying frozen or canned vegetables is another way to cut spending on your groceries. These items are generally lower priced than their fresh counterparts. Frozen foods can be stored for extended periods of time while fresh foods tend to spoil quickly.
Throwing away spoiled food is just like throwing away money. Choosing frozen or canned fruits and vegetables can save you money, but buying the store brand of these items will save you even more. Store brands are generally created with the same standards as a name brand item but cost you a fraction of what you would pay for name brands.
Don’t Shop When Hungry and Dine at Home
This tip is essential for saving money at the grocery store. You will definitely buy more if you shop when you are hungry. Skip dining out and you will save plenty of money on food. If you can learn to cook at home, you can save thousands of dollars per year.
Of course don’t forget to make yourself a shopping list before you go. This will help to curb any impulse buys and keep you on budget.
Also be sure to check out the deals and coupons for items that you need before heading out to the store.
Between the cost of the meal and the fuel to travel to and from the restaurant, dining at home is a much less expensive option. Skip those weekly lunches at a restaurant and pack your own lunch from home. Most homemade lunches are healthier and much less expensive than anything you might get from restaurant.
Get Couponing to Save on Food Costs
Cut some coupons and stick to the essentials when you shop. Using these tips can save you hundreds of dollars each month on your grocery bill. Making small changes today can create a healthier financial outlook tomorrow.