Household bills – how to save on grocery shopping?
Money spent on groceries is a lion’s share of the living costs in many households. A lot of money is spent not only by families, but also by couples or single people. Even though the food is becoming more and more expensive, we can cut the spending on grocery shopping and save both money and natural resources. How?
Do not throw food away
Research shows that the manufacturers and suppliers waste the greatest amount of food. An average citizen is not blameless either. A European resident wastes around 20-30% of purchased food per year, a Briton around 20-25%. In the United States this waste reaches 40% of purchased food per person per year.
Wasting food is literally throwing money into the bin. If we start to see leftover food ending up in the bin in that way, maybe we can save. The question is, what should we do with leftovers, dry bread or a piece of a tomato? For many people the answer is: learn how to cook.
Surely, blogs and recipe books kept in the zero or less waste way, in which we can read how to cook with leftovers, will help us. For many of us it is surprising that e.g. we can make a delicious pesto using radish leaves and the dry bread can be used to make croutons or breadcrumbs. This is the first step to save on groceries.
Do not go shopping hungry
Hunger is not a great advisor during grocery shopping. In one moment we think that we want to eat everything that our eyes see. This is why, whenever possible, we should go shopping full. That is when the chances that we only buy products we really need increase.
Plan the meals, but do not buy ahead too much
Planning the meals for every day is key to restricting spending on groceries. Going shopping without a shopping list, we tend to go with the “it may come in handy” rule. In practice, a portion of the purchased products will go to waste as we do not have a concrete idea. Being on the opposite end of the scale can have similar results – planning meals a week in advance leads to us purchasing a lot of food at once, which we can waste by not using it all in time.
Always have basic products in your kitchen
The list depends on our diet and likes, but it is worthwhile that they are always available. Flour, oils, yeast, favourite vegetables, coffee, milk or yoghurt, porridge oats, potatoes, lentils – these are only examples of the products that are used in many different meals, while we can change the ingredients by buying additions when necessary.
Do not avoid discounted products
Some people keep away from the discount section if it has groceries. It is understandable to some degree, as we are worried that Discounted food can be stale and make us ill. Sometimes it is worth to browse the discounted products. Some of them still have a few days before they expire and are safe to consume. Others ended up discounted due to damaged packaging, with the insides still intact.
The discounts often reach 50-70% off the original price. Using those occasions is a good way to save, under the condition, that we are going to use the product and will be the equivalent of another product for 100% of its price.
What you do not eat – convert or freeze
Stale vegetables or fruit can be easily made into a sauce, ketchup or jam. Other products, such as fresh vegetables, boiled pasta, dough, meat or fish and even bread Can be frozen and used at a later date, rather than bought.