Tonight is just one of those nights I have no energy to make dinner. Sometimes, all you need is hummus and chips to call it good. I figured I would take this opportunity to share some budgeting tips for grocery shopping because it seems a lot easier said than done. The biggest fear is wasting money on something as disposable as food. But, in all reality if you’re just clever about it, you’ll walk out of Walmart feeling not so broke and getting a money’s worth. So, here goes nothing.
1. Plan and Substitute
I know this sounds very basic, but this is actually very effective. Plan out what meals and snacks you want to make for the week and make a list of every ingredient needed to make them. This way when going shopping, there is no need for wandering aimlessly and random impulse buying. Get in and get out.
When making a list, do know that making substitutes can be very effective, especially when it comes to protein. For example, ground turkey is cheaper than ground beef and what to skip fresh meat altogether? Try beans, lentils and even mushrooms! This tactic can be used with any expensive ingredients.
2. Shop once a week
By shopping once a week, you will be saving loads of money. When people don’t make a list, they usually forget things, which causes them to go back to the store a few times and this results in buying multiple things that you do not need. Just shop once a week and get it all done.
3. Look through the shelves throughly
I thought this was actually very interesting, but ever notice how the most known and most expensive brands are at eye level? It’s for a reason. Since it’s at eye level, it’s the first thing consumers see and therefore the first thing consumers reach for and buy! So, look around and scan the prices all over the shelf. Because guess what? There is little to no difference between Prego and Great Value marinara sauce.
Those a few easy tips I thought could be put to good use! I am hoping to share some more through out the weeks.