10 Tips for Enjoying Real Food on a Budget

Assorted raw organic vegetables

1. Plan.  Check to see what you have in the pantry, freezer, fridge & cupboards.  See what is on sale.  Make a menu for the week.  Make a list.  Follow the list – don’t buy extras!

2. Coupons.  Coupons can be great money savers, but are only a good deal if you really need the item AND it makes the item less expensive than the least expensive brand available.  For example, if you have a $1 off coupon for a brand name item that costs $3.00, but the store brand is already $1.50 then the coupon is not worth it.

3. Get back to basics!  Convenience foods cost extra so instead of frozen entrees, pre-cut fruits and vegetables or instant oatmeal, make your own from scratch.

4. Buy in season.  Fruits and vegetables are usually less expensive when in season.

5. Day Old & Damaged racks.  These items typically have a big price reduction so if you don’t mind a little “bruise” – go for it!

6. Be Creative.  Plan your menu in a way that you will use leftovers and things won’t go to waste.  For example, if you are making roast chicken on Monday, plan on chicken quesadillas on Tuesdays to use up the leftover chicken.

7. Shop in bulk.  Family Packs of meat are often less per pound than smaller packs.  If you have freezer space, buy the bulk pack, individually wrap and freeze.

8. Eliminate “junk” food & Drink Water.  In a well-balanced diet junk food isn’t necessary.  If you are trying to save money and eat healthy you don’t need it anyway!  Instead of spending money on drinks, think about drinking more water which comes out of the tap without a price tag!

9. Store Brand vs. Name Brand?  Use “unit price” listed on the shelf below each product to compare different brands and different sizes for the best deal.

10. Know where to look!  Search the very top and bottom shelves at the supermarket.  Typically the most expensive items are at eye level.

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