Smart Food Shopping
Would you like to be a smart shopper? A smart shopper plans menus and looks for good food buys. Here are a few tips that can help.
Before planning your weekly menus, check what is in your cupboards and refrigerator that you can use. Then plan a menu, a list of foods that will be served at each meal and snack, for the week.
Next, check any grocery store specials and coupon offers. Each store has different specials. Plan your meals and snacks for each day. Make a list of all the ingredients you will need.
Try to avoid buying convenience foods because of their cost. Convenience foods are easy to make, but are usually more expensive. Some examples of this are frozen meals, snacks and soft drinks. Decide if the convenience is worth the money.
Are you short on cash this week? Cut down on sizes. Larger doesn't always mean cheaper. Buy only the amount you can use. Buy only what you can store safely, before it spoils.
If you are on a tight budget, divide your food money into four envelopes. Use one envelope each week of the month. This way you will have cash to purchase groceries each week.
Remember to stick to your list. Use store coupons for really good buys. Try to shop alone. If you have children, leave them with a friend. Don't shop when you are hungry.