We all have our tricks and ways to save money at the grocery. I have done a lot of posts about those many things. Today let us talk about a few different things to think about.
When you buy less, you waste less!
I know we are all on a binge to stock-up, but think about some other things.
Don't get more fresh produce than you can reasonably use before the next store visit. Eat it, freeze it or can it - DON'T waste it!
There is no good reason to dump food in the trash. Keep those frigs organized and cleaned out - so you know what you have and make sure it is used!
Most cheap food is unhealthy - yet a lot of healthy food is cheap
I can still find some healthy foods for a decent price. Often the produce department has markdowns and Kroger has their .99/bags. Sometimes the items are even organic. I like places like Fresh Thyme - as they have some great weekly specials on sale fresh and real food.
Keep you eye on those kinds of places - Trader Joes, Fresh Thyme, any whole earth markets or farm stands or farm markets (even barter). I know many farm markets are costly - they have transportation to get there and things just cost a little more (but they are super fresh). It all depends on what is important to you!!!!
Fresh and healthy food - or buying packaged goods and chemical laden items.
Have a cultural experience.
Look at shopping at ethnic stores. You can get so many items cheaper than a normal grocery. There is usually less expensive produce and variety! Many new things to try. Beans and rice of all types. Pasta's that are different. Spices galore.
Make it an adventure. Learn something new, try something new and get some great prices!
Just because the item is a great price - doesn't mean it is a great buy!
Don't buy things just BECAUSE it is cheap. Remember that saying - buy what you use and use what you buy!!!!!!!!
I have been guilty in the past of this - saw a super price and bought many. Not necessarily something I would use - and didn't. Shoot, if we do this, we might as well just drive down the street and throw money out the car window!! Make sure those deals are things you will use.
Being frugal takes too much time!
Eeeeekkk!!! I hate when folks say that. Is your hard earned money not worth a little work to save it???
Think about it. All good things are worth waiting for. I find that spending a little extra time reading the ads, looking for the clearance and deals well worth the few minutes it might take. Once you get into a habit of looking for deals - it becomes much easier. Saving your hard earned dollars is never a waste of time!
Try the cupboard special!!!!
Yep - go through that pantry thoroughly. Clean that freezer. Find those things that have been pushed to the back and the bottom and USE THEM. You may be amazed at the amount of time between shopping trips if you use what you have!!! Don't let things go to waste.
Use it up, use it all, get creative and have meals without spending a penny!
Just a couple of things to think about. We all know the basics, sometimes the obvious just seem to be ignored. There are so many options to save a dollar or two at the grocery. Excuses are not on the list!!!!! Get creative and pay attention. Know your priorities and have fun.
What creative ways do you use to find a bargain and save?