Sometimes you are stuck in the tight budget and you want to save money especially saving the cost of food every day. Here are some tricks to save money on food but still eat well and effective.
1. Plan before you shop
Outlining the list of items needed to buy first and follow it when shopping, which not only helps you not to forget the what you must buy, it also prevents getting the unnecessary items.
During the week, add to this list whenever you think of things you need. You can even look online to check the prices of ingredients on your list so you have a rough idea of how much you will spend.
Remember to take your list with you when you go shopping so you don’t forget anything. Only buy what’s on the list – this will make it easier to stick to your budget.
Plan your meals in advance and add the ingredients to your shopping list. Create the menu based on the food already in your fridge and plan to buy fewer items to make a dish at that time
Leave the kids at home in case you do in hurry and have no time to compare the quality and the price of food.
Try to vegetarian food instead of meat. Meat can be expensive, so buy less of it and try making more meals without using it. Lentils and chickpeas are healthy alternatives that bulk up meals when you want to cook a vegetarian meal.
2. Skip The Prepackaged Salad Mix
Bagged salad mixes are convenient and easier to eat your veggies is a good thing. But they’re also expensive and can quickly go from perky to wilted to downright slimy. So try buying heads of lettuce (which often last longer in your crisper) and make your own mixes. Try mixing up romaine, radicchio, red leaf and/or escarole as your favorite.
3. Grow Your Own Vegetable
Another option for salad greens is to grow your own—they don’t take up much space and they grow quickly. For about the cost of a bag of salad greens ($3), you can buy a packet of seeds for mixed salad greens. The packets have 500 seeds and will plant a 30-foot long row of greens. Not only safe food, it is also cheap and has fun absolutely.
4. Cook dried beans instead of buying canned.
We always keep cans in the cupboard and whip them out to toss with salads, pasta, stir-fries, in soups or for an easy dip. Dried beans are even less expensive than canned. Cook a big batch then freeze extras for when you’re ready to use them in a recipe.
5. Discover Great Ways To Use Canned Fish
Just like their fresh counterparts, canned salmon and tuna provide omega-3 fats, which help keep your heart healthy by lowering triglycerides and blood pressure. The difference is that they’re usually significantly cheaper.
6. Sign up for store memberships
Take advantage of the sale products at the store whenever the shop running discounts, you will save an amount of money after 1-year being a member for sure.