The cost of groceries keep rising and if you choose to eat healthier foods, you're definitely feeling it! Here are some simple tips to help you save money on healthy food items.
Not all coupons are for junk or processed food. You can find a lot of coupons for soy/nut milk, cheese, meat and more! I like Coupons.com for a simplified way to filter savings. If you have a favorite brand or product, you can also check out their website to see if they offer coupons or if you're feeling adventurous, I've had a lot of luck emailing brands and asking for them!
Reduced bins have a bad name, but they can carry great savings! Look for produce, reduced meat and even rice and pasta. The trick to taking advantage of reduced bins is to freeze most produce and meat. This makes it last much longer and helps you have a great stockpile.
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Base your menu around what's on sale that week. For example, if chicken breasts are on sale that week, plan to have chicken a few nights. Stores generally have a rotation or plan their sales seasonally, so after a few months of meal planning this way, you'll learn what to expect.
When you find those sale items, create a stockpile to use in the future. This saves you money because you don't have to buy these items twice. A good rule of thumb is to stockpile enough of the on sale item to last you until the next sale.
Menu Plan and Shop Once
The more often I go to the store, the more money I spend. I curb this habit by making a menu plan, creating a list of exactly what I need and resolving to only go to the store once a week. There are a lot of die-hard penny pinchers who swear by monthly shopping. If you can handle shopping every other week or even once a month, go for it! Just make sure your list has every single item you'll be eating that month. The less time you spend in the store, the more time you have for other things!
How do you save money on healthy foods? Do you have a Meatless Monday, or is your style to cut back on portions? Let me know in the comments below!