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Saving Down the Grocery Aisle

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Traditionally going out to eat used to be a treat, now it’s part of our everyday lifestyle, but that lifestyle can be pricey. According to Forbes.com, it’s five times more expensive to order delivery from a restaurant than to cook at home. Cooking at home can save you a substantial amount of money. Here are seven tips on how to save your family money on groceries.

Healthy Choices Are Cheaper. Making healthier choices in store can save you money. Buying seasonal fruits and vegetables instead of high-calorie cakes and crackers makes a difference. Fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients, fiber and are fat-free.

Avoid Prepackaged Goods. By avoiding purchasing prepackaged, washed or sliced products you can save money. Typically, these items come with higher price tags. Instead, purchase whole food items. They are typically cheaper and you get more food for your buck.

Plan Ahead with Coupons and Sales. Searching stores for weekly deals, sales and coupons can lower your grocery bills, especially if you plan meals around sale items. Plan in advance before your weekly grocery store visit.

Utilize Your Tupperware. Most households throw away large amounts of leftovers on a weekly basis. Instead turn your leftovers into lunchtime meals. Apps like Yummly help you use leftover ingredients to create new dishes.

Buy Items in Bulk. Buying food in bulk is a great way to save money – as long as it doesn’t go to waste. Try joining a bulk shopping club like Costco or Sam’s. Cooking and storing bulk food items will save you money, but also time in the kitchen.

Stay Away from Impulse Buying. Try not to waste money on impulse buying, schedule your shopping days. Before you go shopping, make a list of items you are sure to use in the next few days. This will limit the amount of food that goes to waste. New store apps, like from Dillon’s, even have the ability to create lists within the app.

Substitute Your Protein. A few times a week substitute a meat ingredient for inexpensive vegetarian options such as beans, eggs, tofu, and legumes. This will increase your consumption of healthy plant-based foods, while saving money. If you do buy meat, try smaller, leaner portions.

Do you have any other tips on how to save at the grocery store? Share them here.


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