Since the onset of the current global health crisis, thousands of restaurants have been forced to close. A direct result of this has been North Americans stockpiling at extraordinary levels. Increased demands, alongside several other Covid-19 related factors, have created mass disruptions in the food supply chain, resulting in soaring food prices.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices of groceries increased by a whopping 2.6% in April. Resulting in the largest one month increase in grocery prices since 1974. But this doesn’t mean you’re destined to eat instant ramen and Kraft Mac and Cheese forever. Living on a budget shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice a healthy eating regimen. So, here are 4 tips to help you save money on groceries.
Make a grocery list – and stick to it
Make a menu plan of your meals for the week. This will help you decipher what ingredients you will need to pick up from your local supermarket. By doing this you ensure that you are only ever buying what you need and sticking to your budget. Refrain from adding things to your cart that you don’t necessarily need.
Shop on a full stomach
Avoid shopping when you’re hungry and you might be surprised at how much lower your grocery bill is. When we grocery shop on an empty stomach, we tend to splurge on snacks and food items we don’t necessarily need. The reason being – everything looks so delicious! You may also be more inclined to pick up unhealthy choices and foods you don’t need. So the next time you step out on a grocery run, prepare beforehand by having a snack or meal.
Shop flyer items
Familiarize yourself with what’s on sale at your local supermarket. Keep a guide of the regular food items you buy and how much they usually cost. This will help you figure out which supermarkets have the best prices and whether or not you’re getting a good deal on sale items.
When you are grocery shopping on a budget, this rule is super important. Fruits and vegetables tend to be much cheaper when they are in season. So, avoid buying that peach in mid-November – which will probably cost you an arm and a leg. Throughout the year remember take note of which produce items are in season and you’ll notice a difference in how much you spend on your weekly fruit and veg haul.
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