1. Make a list and check it twice
- Think about what kind of meals you’d like to eat and make a list of ingredients you’ll need.
- Before you go shopping, check your fridge, pantry and cupboards to see if you have any of the ingredients at home already.
- Check and compare grocery store flyers and see if any of the sale items are on your grocery list. You can also plan your meals around sale items.
- Stick to your list while shopping. If you’re tempted to buy something not on your list ask yourself “Do I need or want this?” and “Do I need to buy this today or can it wait till next time?”
2. Be a smart shopper
- Grocery stores are designed to tempt us to buy impulse items. Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you should buy it or that it’s a good deal.
- Look at the unit price when comparing products and prices. Just because something comes in bulk doesn’t always mean it’s the cheapest option.
- Grocery stores have special prices when you buy multiples of the same item. For example 2 cans of soup for $3.00. Many grocery stores (ex. Safeway, Co-op and Save on Foods) will give you the special price still if you only buy one.
- Stick to the outer perimeter of the store. That’s where you can find the healthiest, least processed foods like produce, baking, dairy and meat. Try to only buy groceries once a week and never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach.
There are many other ways we can save money on groceries. What tips and tricks do you use already? Leave a reply and lettuce know!
For more great grocery saving tips check out the “Nutrition on a Budget” workshop at Momentum Wednesday May 3rd 6:30-8:30 pm. You can register on Eventbrite or contact Brenda at email@example.com.