When it comes to feeding yourself or even your family, one of the biggest problems that people face nowadays is the cost of food constantly going up and up, and this often causes a lot of misconceptions around the price vs quality of food.
For example, many people will believe that eating healthy is too expensive and is only for those who can afford organic produce so they choose to eat less healthy and processed foods that may appear cheaper but overall is really not cheap at all.
So, how do you keep your grocery bill down each week without sacrificing on the quality of food you’re buying? Well, it certainly does take a bit of planning and preparation, but it’s not that difficult once you find your way as you’ll see from the tips below.
Meal planning is something that is becoming massively popular these days because it allows working and busy families to have fresh, home-cooked food each night without having to spend hours in the kitchen after a long day at work.
There’s no right or wrong way to go about meal planning, but really the easiest way to get started is by creating a small calendar for the week and listing some healthy family meals that can be made, then when it’s time for grocery shopping, you buy only what you need for those meals and then prepare them all in advance on a Sunday so you the meals are ready to just pop in the oven each evening.
Not only does it save you time, but it saves you money and focuses on healthy ingredients, but also reduces food waste quite dramatically.
Use a meal service:
Another form of meal planning is to have a service that will send you either ready-made meals that they’ve prepared (sort of like a personal chef, but for a fraction of the cost), or they will send you meal or recipe kits that provide you the ingredients needed to make this particular recipe. There are many services out there offering this, so finding one you like best might take a little time, but you can also look online for a Review of Plated Meal Kits to see which ones are most popular.
Buying in bulk:
When buying in bulk, it’s usually best done for things like dried goods such as pasta, rice, flour, etc because these are things that don’t spoil quickly, and if you’re buying them in bulk you should wait until they have good deals on them since this will definitely provide you with a good saving.
Buy seasonal produce:
Buying things like vegetables and fruits are often best done when they’re in season, because not only will the cost of them be lower, but the quality and freshness of them will be far higher. If you’re specifically looking for something that’s not available in season at the moment, then a good tip is to wait until it’s in season, buy a lot of it and freeze it. Things like pumpkin are especially good for this and will save you money in the long run.