Grocery Shopping: Shop Smarter, Not Harder

Healthy eating can sometimes come at a price. But with a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, eating healthy can be super affordable and accessible. Many people think that eating healthy means eating organic, all-natural, unprocessed, etc. Of course, eating that way would be ideal, but financially for many, it is not. And that’s completely okay! A grocery budget can vary depending on each person due to factors such as family size, food restrictions, etc. Whatever your budget is, saving up a few dollars can add up at the end of the month. Here are a few tips that can help you save:

Wholesale and Bulk Foods

Having a Costco or Sam’s membership might be a good deal when you have a family. Buying non-perishable foods like rice, cereals, canned or frozen foods, flours, pasta, nuts, seeds, and even meats, can be cheaper to buy at a wholesale store. Although it may seem like you are spending more, it ends up being less, and you more for your buck.

If paying for a membership at a wholesale store is something out of your budget, that’s okay! Most grocery stores sell certain foods in bulk. Some grocery stores have nuts, seeds, oatmeal, cereals, and grains in a bulk section, which is significantly cheaper than buying pre-packed items.

Make a List and Have a Plan

Planning out your meals for the weeks is probably one of the best ways you can save money. By planning your meals, you already know exactly what you will need to cook and prepare for the week. Once you have a plan, make a list and do not buy anything that is not on the list. This can help you save money while also helping you reduce food waste by not overbuying and letting it get bad.

Coupons, Weekly Savings, and Seasonal

Most grocery stores have weekly deals and coupons for food. If you go to a grocery store’s website, you will find coupons and deals where certain foods have discounts, half-priced, or a coupon for a buy-one-get-one-free. Weekly Deals and coupons can save you lots of money in the long run. It may take some time to get organized, but eating healthy while saving money, is always a good deal.

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, buying what is in season (even organic!) tends to go at a lower price. Next time you go grocery shopping in the produce section, look for the “Seasonal” signs! Check out this website to see what’s in season:

https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide

Remember, eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank. It may take some time to get organized and come up with a plan, but eating healthy while saving money, is always a good deal.

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