Food Prices: Save When You Shop

Lately everything is getting more expensive, including food. Jacki Donaldson of That’sFit offers up five tips that might save you a buck or two. Take a look:
Make lists: Shopping with a list can save 10 percent on unnecessary items, like junk food.

Buy in bulk: Don't buy more than you need -- waste is costly too -- but often, bulk items are priced better.

Go simple: Usually, the more processed the food, the more it costs. It's less healthy too.

Don't buy on impulse: Focus on staples, like milk, eggs, bread, and canned and frozen fruits and veggies. Avoid the tempting goods, like cakes and cookies strategically placed so you can't miss them and those yummy candy bars calling your name in the check-out lines.

Use coupons: Be flexible and plan meals around what's on sale, and you can definitely lower your grocery bill. This may mean switching brands and types of food.
I’m not an expert, but I’d like to add a few of my own tips here:
Choose wisely: Buy nutrient-dense filling foods, like high-fiber cruciferous vegetables; spinach, kale, broccoli, collard greens, etc.


Freeze when possible: If you see some cheap fruit or veggies that do well once frozen. Buy them! I find bananas, berries, and greens freeze well. Same goes for leftovers.

Buy markdowns: Some of the supermarkets I go to sell reduced price fruits and veggies, usually they’re just over-ripe, not rotten. There’s NO shame in it. I buy them all the time.
Now, if you’ve got some good suggestions. I’m all ears.
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Jamie - June 2, 2008 12:22 PM

Bulk packaging is frequently more expensive than smaller packages. Always check the per-unit price. Many times it's cheaper to buy two smaller packages than one large package.

Gerry Pugliese - June 2, 2008 3:21 PM

Hey Jamie-

Great tip! I do the same thing! :)

Peace.
-Gerry

Sara - June 2, 2008 10:10 PM

I like your sugestions better than the first batch. We always buy what is cheaper the big or small pack. I see we are not the only ones buying from the reduced for quick sale [aka cheapo rack]. Sometimes that stuff is as good or better than the regular stuff. Sometimes its not but then we don't buy it.

rae - June 4, 2008 12:45 PM

Our grocery bill has gone up by $100 this week. Yikes! Here are some things I do to save money.
1. Bring your own bags to the store. Whole Foods gives a 10 cent credit for each one which isn't much but it's something.
2. Farmers markets. My favorite market is in Summit on Sundays starting mid-June. Local produce tastes better and costs less, strawberries and lettuce especially.
3. Shop around. I work by a large supermarket so I stop by once a week to see what produce is on sale. I check out Trader Joes for staples like frozen fruits and veggies (beware of the fresh shrink wrapped produce that can be difficult to asses for freshness) and then I go to Whole Foods for some other items (I have never gone wrong with the 365 store brand).

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