Those coins can add up pretty fast when buying your favourite daily groceries. With on and off predictions of a coming economic recession and the dreams we hope to achieve only if we had a little more money to spare, a few tips on how you can save on groceries might just be your umbrella-in-the rain this month.
Revise your cooking and recipes
Not all food must be cooked with tomatoes or onions and certain other spices and vegetables. Check out some simpler and low-ingredient recipes for your favourite meals online and give some of those tired groceries a break for a few days.
Cook larger meals and refrigerate
If you need the same amount of groceries chopped for a larger meal as is the smaller meal, then why not cook larger meals and refrigerate? It may not be the freshest option although you can limit it to 2 to 3 days of re-heating and microwaving refrigerated food. In the process you will reduce on the quantity of groceries you shop for and delay buying.
Grow spices and vegetables
If they can grow somewhere else, they can grow at your place too. Some of the common groceries sold in the market are grown on a smaller piece of land or some other type of small-scale compound gardening. Spices and leafy vegetables grow fast and well regardless of the space be it a vase, pot, container or in the free space in your flower garden. A plus with this is that you will not only save money, but you will enjoy fresh food and constant supply.
Buy in bulk and raw
You don’t want to buy very ripe tomatoes today only to be back in the market the next day. It helps when you buy more a few times in the week and pick some not-so-ripe (think “raw”) items. These will hopefully ripen in intervals and give you more controlled consumption while delaying your trips to the grocery store and saving you a few coins to use on something else.
Know the seasons
When onions are in season and plenty all over the place, the prices will tend to drop for much more than when they are scarce. If you pay attention to when your preferred groceries are in season and when they aren’t then you will know when to spend on what and in turn get more value for less money.
Popular is Expensive
If everyone wants it, then the prices will usually be up there. It’s simply the basic laws of supply and demand. Increase demand also affects the prices and quantity sold. For most, if not all, groceries there is a less popular or less attractive option that costs much less and still gives you the same or better benefits taste-wise, nutrient-wise, or medicinal-wise.