I know personally the recession has put a pinch on what decisions I make while shopping in a grocery store. We are raising our family on one income so living within our means is important. But do we really have to sacrifice eating right? Healthy foods can be more costly but with smart shopping strategies I can stretch my dollar and still remain to make wholesome choices.
Here are six essential money saving ideas that I would like to share. These money savings tips are great for individuals who are looking to feed their families healthy foods on a tight budget!
6 Smart Shopping Strategies to Save Money
1. CHECK THE SALES
Before you leave the house take a few minutes to look through store flyers. Try and plan a few meals on what is on sale.
2. MAKE A LIST
This sounds like common sense but I know from experience that I have gone into the grocery stores with out one. I bought several items only to have end up home confused as to why I had nothing to prepare for dinner.
3. COMPARE PRICES
Check unit pricing since prepackaged foods might be more costly. Prepacked fruits and vegetables may actually cost you more than buying them individually.
4. EAT SEASONALLY
Try to prepare your meals with what is in season locally. Produce varies in price depending on transportation costs.
5. GO GENERIC
Most major supermarkets have organic house brands. The price difference can prove to be significant especially with dairy products.
6. USE COUPONS
Many organic and natural-food manufactures now offer coupons for their own products. Check at the customer service desk at the market or on the manufactures website for printable coupons. Companies like Mambo Sprouts and Horizon Organic offer coupons online.
These are all real simple basic shopping strategies but if followed can save you considerable amount of money.