Grocery shopping can be quite overwhelming, especially if you are taking into consideration all the opinions of what is considered to be “healthy” and good for you. As you try to shop healthier, it is common to see your grocery bill skyrocket. We talked with a registered dietician nutritionist, and she gave us her tips to save money on your grocery bill.
GO IN WITH A PLAN
Going into the store with a list of things you know you need can be another easy way to save money. As a registered dietician nutritionist, Rommereim says, “When filling your cart at the grocery store, concentrate first on the foods you need for a healthy diet. Start by grabbing your fruits and veggies, proteins, grains, and dairy foods. After you have those foods in your cart, you can add other items that fit into your budget.”
Another thing to note when perusing the aisles, eye-level shelves are more expensive and are marketed to be an easy grab for consumers. Utilizing online shopping options can also be helpful when trying to stick to your budget. Ordering your groceries online allows you to stay on track with your list and stops you from adding unnecessary, quick-grab items to your cart. While checking out online, you can also automatically add your coupons for more savings and price compare different brands more easily.
ORGANIC ISN’T THE ONLY OPTION
Organic does not mean healthier or better for you. Organic produce is nutritionally the same as conventional, it is just produced differently. When buying groceries, it is a challenge to have consumers pick more fruits and vegetables and it is made increasingly more difficult when retailers have fabricated a fear that produces products that are all made with GMOs and other negative buzzwords. In 26 years of use, Biotech/GMO crops such as sweet corn, sugar beets, potatoes, squash, apples, pink pineapple, soybeans, canola, and more, have taken the markets by storm. In the years that these crops have used GMOs, it has been able to reduce annual fluctuations in food availability, while also maintaining the nutritive contents of crops.
ONLY BUY WHAT YOU NEED
When buying produce, it is essential to only choose what you know you will eat. If you initially purchase too much and do not freeze any leftovers, the products go bad and you end up throwing away your food and the money used to purchase it! Some budget-friendly tips for buying fruits and vegetables include the following:
- If you want to enjoy fresh produce, choose to buy what is in season. When a fruit or vegetable is in the season it is readily available and therefore is more affordable.
- If you buy your favorites year-round, consider buying frozen or canned produce. Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are harvested during peak seasons and preserved for optimal consumption in every season.
- Canned food is very economical, if it is not used in the time that you planned, it doesn’t go to waste and is often very budget-conscious
BRAND NAME ISN’T ALWAYS BEST
Another way to save money while grocery shopping is not solely buying brand-name items. Store brand items are almost always cheaper than buying their name-brand competitors. If you have certain name-brand items that you do not stray away from, try buying store names on items that you don’t have a preference for.
SHOP AT HOME FIRST
Our last tip to save you money is to shop your cupboards before you head to the store. See what you already have in your house. Know what produce is worth your money, stick to your essentials and the list that you’ve made, see if your grocery store has an app or shop online capability, and whatever you do, do not go to the store hungry!