When the prices for utilities grow, the prices for food are also automatically raised. Alas, salaries and pensions, if they are rising at this time, it is clearly not enough to pay for its existence without problems. So sometimes you have to deny yourself something. So many try to reconsider their diet and start buying cheaper food. This has its zest – you can go on a diet that you can’t decide on for a long time.
However, after years of not saving on food, many people already have a hard time learning how to buy only the most important thing and at a lower price. But, if you understand well and overpower your desire to rake everything from the shelves, you can save very well, but at the same time not to starve.
Here are some of the easiest tips on how to save on food …
1. More expensive products are not always better.
For the promotion of a certain brand, the owners of companies and enterprises have to pay a large amount of advertising. And in order for this advertisement to pay off, you need to put the price of the product a little higher than the market. This is how business works. And here the quality of the product is clearly not the first role. Therefore, you should look for at least quality products among cheaper counterparts. Sure, you’ll be surprised.
2. Make up your diet for the week ahead.
Do not regret a little time on a day off once a week to make a diet for a week. So you can foresee what kind of food you need, where you can buy it cheaper, what kind of food you can do and not buy, or just replace a particular product with something cheaper.
And on the same weekend, you can immediately go to the store to buy everything a week in advance and no longer spend time on shopping.
3. Write a list of products you are going to buy.
But, before you go shopping, be sure to make a list of necessary goods. This will save you time, and prevent you from buying something extra.
4. Do not buy convenience foods and fast foods.
Fast food or fast food obviously save our time. But not money! So try to make the most cooking yourself. So you will be confident in the quality of the product and save a penny.
5. Experiment with recipes.
Do not be afraid to change something in the recipe of your favorite dishes. Replace some ingredients with other, cheaper ones. Throw something out of the recipe that can be avoided and at the same time the taste of the dish will not be very distorted. So, you can often remove meat from the recipe. It sounds sad, but believe me, very often, without meat, a dish turns out to be brighter, lighter and more interesting.
6. Try to buy more seasonal products.
For seasonal products always adequate prices. And it happens that you can come across a very big discount, because this year there was a very good harvest for a certain product.
7. Do not be afraid to buy goods at a promotion or at a discount.
Promotions and discounts do not always mean that the product will soon disappear or it is not of high quality. Often this is such an advertising move from the manufacturer to attract customers. The prices of some products are deliberately cheated in advance in order to then sell their type at a discount. So do not be afraid to pay attention to discounts. The main thing is always look at the expiration dates and check the integrity of the packaging.
8. Do not overpay for packaging.
Packaged products save our time. However, manufacturers tend to wind up the price of the packaging. Therefore, meat purchased in meat pavilions by weight will be much cheaper than its packaged version. In bulk, you can buy a lot of products: tea, pasta, cereals, vegetables and fruits … So do not be lazy to run a little and choose the right one.
9. Remember your summer cottage.
If money is more expensive than time, then you can remember about physical work in nature and build your own garden. And you will have fresh vegetables and money saved.
10. Buy less.
If you replace juices, carbonated drinks with regular tea and coffee or water with lemon, you can save a lot.