We’ve all been there. You set out to buy some groceries at your local Trader Joe’s and before you know it you’ve grabbed one too many Joe Joe’s and your bill is way over your monthly budget.
So what’s a foodie to do? Here are some quick tips to help you save yourself (and your wallet) from a high grocery bill.
Shop the farmers market: Support local farmers and save money. It’s a win win! “Food bought locally doesn’t have to travel long distances, so the prices tend to be lower,” said New York-based nutritionist Ilyse Schapio. “If you shop at the end of the day, you may get even better deals because the farmers want to get rid of their stock from the day.”
Check out the frozen section: For veggies and fruit! Frozen veggies and fruits tend to cost less. Plus, since frozen products last much longer, you can just eat what you need and stick the rest in the freezer.
Grow your own garden: It doesn’t get any more local (or cheaper) than that!
Go meatless a couple times a week: Tofu, eggs, nuts, beans, and legumes tend to be less expensive than meat products. And they’re full of heart healthy nutrients, so it’s easy on your budget and your health!
Join a CSA: Community Supported Agriculture is a farm share where you purchase vegetables from a regional farmer.”Typically you pay in advance for the season, but the prices are low, and the food is local and delicious,” said Schapio.
Menu plan by store deals: Schapio recommends signing up for the loyalty/bonus cards at your local supermarkets. Pay attention to what’s on special for the week, and plan your menu around that!
Download coupons: Duh. Check sites like Coupons.com and Redplum.com to print coupons.
xx, The FabFitFun Team