Money Saving Tips: 5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries
by STAFF WRITER Published July 21, 2010 Credit Unions Online
Americans waste up to 40% of their food, according to the National Institutes of Health. In these economic times where many families are struggling just to get food on the table, wasting food is one form of wasting money each of us has under our power to change. With a few changes in habit, we can waste less food and give our budget a boost.
Here are a few tips to help you save money on your groceries. If you have some other ideas, make comments below to pass along to other people who might be struggling to keep up with the high cost of food.
Have Theme Weeks - Instead of buying many different types of food for a week, try having an Italian week, a Chinese week, or Indian week. This lets you buy more of the common ingredients in those foods all in one trip. instead of buying many ingredients for many meals and potentially wasting food from buying too much.
Shop the Perimeter - When you go into the grocery store, stick to the perimeter. This is where the fresh vegetables, meats, milk, and other primary ingredients are located. The aisles within a grocery store are mostly reserved for processed foods that usually cost far more, have lower nutritional values, and produce more waste from the packaging.
Create From Scratch - Making food from scratch is not nearly as time consuming as the processed food makers want you to believe. Cooking from scratch can also be a great way to spend quality time with the kids by including them. Cooking from scratch saves money and is healthier for you!
Freeze and Use Later - If you have some fresh vegetables getting close to going bad, freeze them and use them in your next soup. You can do this with just about any vegetables. You can also freeze fruits to use later for baking, like bananas for banana nut bread. The next time you notice something "on the edge," don't throw it away, toss it in the freezer.
Buy in Bulk - For dried goods such as rice, pasta, and beans, buy in large quantities when these staples go on sale. This is a great way to store up on a common food items and save money down the road. Plus, you will always have a handy supply in your pantry.