Save Money on Groceries

Jill Kuehler, Executive Director for Zenger Farms, joined us with tips for reducing the amount of money we spend on groceries and other food.

Before going to the store:

  • Don’t go to the grocery store hungry.
  • Plan meals for the week and make your shopping list based on.
  • Don’t go to the store without your list!  This will help you avoid impulse buys.

While at the store:

  • Shopping perimeter of the store.
  • Items at end-aisle display prevent you from comparison shopping.
  • Remember that foods at eye-level are often pricier – look high and low for the deals.
  • Avoid foods packaged in individual servings – you pay more for the packaging.
  • Buy foods in bulk – dried beans, lentils, peas for healthy soups.  Rice, nuts, granola, look for whats on sale.  Only buy what you will eat.

Other tips:

  • Is there a farmers market in your neighborhood?  Buying fruits and vegetables in season saves money.  You can buy in bulk and can or freeze.
  • Do you have space to grow your own?  Even pots on an apartment patio can produce good amounts of food to offset costs.
  • Cooking from scratch almost always saves money.
  • Bring your lunch to work – don’t go out.
  • Attend a class on cooking, gardening, preserving. 

For more information and to find out about workships, visit their website.

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