1. Change your definition of “health food”
Instead of being concerned about buying local, organic or gourmet, think of health food as real food. Think about the foods your grandparents would be familiar with: fresh fruits and veggies, unprocessed meats and whole grains. These foods can be found in the outside aisles of your local grocery store.
2. Buy inexpensive cuts of meat
Inexpensive cuts of meat are some of the most flavorful but can take a little extra time to prepare. One of my favorite ways to cook meat is by using a slow cooker to bring cheap cuts of beef or pork to their full potential. It is also so much easier on busy weeknights!
Chicken is also a great choice. Find it cheaper by only buying Manager’s Specials. Also, save on labor and do the work yourself and discard skin and bones yourself or by buying a whole chicken and butchering it at home.
When it comes to seafood, buy frozen instead of fresh and choose canned tuna and salmon for lunches.
3. Buy in-season produce or frozen out-of-season fruits and veggies
You will always save on produce when you buy in-season. Get to know your family’s favorites and learn the time of year that they are in-season. Buy them then and enjoy them fresh!
Out-of-season fruits and vegetables can be expensive and lose much of their nutritional value while being transported. If you can’t buy fresh, locally grown produce, you may want to conside frozen. Fruits and veggies are typically frozen soon after being picked so they retain most of their nutrients in the process. If you find a family favorite at a low price, stock up. It can sit in your freezer for months!
Canned fruits and vegetables is another cheap option, if you do not
4. Skip individual portions
We all know that individually packaged products, like cheese, yogurt or dips, are convenient, but can cost twice as much. Buy inexpensive containers and portion things yourself in your own individual containers. This option also means less waste!
5. Shop the bulk food section
Buy nuts, recipe ingredients, grains or other items in the bulk food section for big savings! Buy only buying what you need, rather than a huge bag that will sit in your pantry for years can save you money. If you are buying something that you don’t use very often, by buying just a small portion, you don’t risk letting the food sit for a very long time and expiring, thereby wasting money.
6. Skip prepared fruits and veggies
Baby carrots, prewashed salad and diced fruit can come at a premium in individual packages at the grocery store. Set aside time each week to do the cleaning and chopping yourself to save a lot more money. Wrap veggies in paper towel, then plastic to keep their freshness lasting longer.
7. Eat at home
The best way to save on your grocery bill is to cook and eat at home. It’s a common misconception that fast food is cheaper than healthy food. Check out the Fiscal Family Kids Eat FREE page to get local meals for your kids!