Learning ‘How to Grocery Shop on a Budget‘ isn’t impossible. This list of tactical tips will lead you in the right direction toward savings and becoming a minimalist when it comes to grocery shopping, cooking healthy meals, and stocking your kitchen with pantry staples.
With health and wellness being such a hot topic these days, it can seem overwhelming when trying to figure out what to eat or not eat. You want to buy quality ingredients for you and your family, but somehow it seems to get more complicated and more expensive which can quickly put a dent in your pocket.
So, how can you accomplish healthy eating habits while on a budget. It’s actually easier than you think. For me, I began thinking in terms of simplicity. I starting thinking of ways to reduce my grocery budget which sometimes felt out of control.
11 Tips on How to Grocery Shop on a Budget
1. Shopping the Grocery Aisles
Approach the grocery aisles with intent. Start with your main ingredients such as meat (if you’re a meat eater), vegetables, and fruit. Therefore, shop the outer aisles first depending on the layout of your grocery store. My point is to avoid the snack aisles until the end.
2. Choose organic ingredients wisely
Organic ingredients are very expensive and can break the bank very quickly. Instead of feeling the need to purchase all organic ingredients, refer to the EWG Dirty Dozen List. This list will help you decide which organic produce is worth purchasing.
I tend to refer to this list when picking produce, but hardly ever purchase organic meat at least at this point.
3. Shop in Bulk
Recently, I started buying certain items in bulk when it makes financial sense whether it’s food or non-food items. This tip hasn’t only saved me money, but it has saved me less trips and time at the grocery store. It also gives me a sense of comfort to know that I have these items on hand which makes planning dinner that much easier.
I tend to buy the following food items in bulk:
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs
- Chicken party wings/wingettes
- Flap meat
- Whole chickens (if on sale)
- Chicken broth (that’s Whole30)
- Organic lemonade
- Grapeseed oil
- Organic spinach, green beans, organic broccoli slaw, red and green cabbage, sweet potatoes
Here, are non-food items I buy in bulk:
- Bath tissue
- Paper towels
- Paper plates (for easy weeknight clean-up)
- Body/hand soap
- Parchment paper
4. Create a List
I’m now into creating lists. Creating a well-planned grocery list of healthy food choices keeps you focused and can save you time and money.
Aim for food that are:
- Whole wheat or whole grains
- Brown rice and pasta instead of white
- Seafood (when on sale)
- Leaner meat
- Make your own condiments (when doable) or aim for ones with little or no sugar
- Limit or replace unhealthy snacks for healthier options
- Choose a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables that are fresh or opt for frozen (as a less expensive option)
5. Be Intentional
When you’re intentional, you’re set on your goal. In this case, your goal is a to choose healthy food while grocery shopping on a budget. Don’t overthink it. This intentional behavior will result in success.
6. Shop for Seasonal Produce
Choosing seasonal produce is less expensive. An alternative to choosing fresh seasonal produce is choosing frozen fruit and vegetables which are reasonably priced. Many may not know that frozen produce are picked at their peak which makes them just as nutritious as fresh produce. Whether your choosing fresh or frozen produce, both are great options for getting more nutrients into your body.
7. Stick to Budget
Again, stick to your budget be intentional… stay focused. If necessary choose an app or take a calculator with you when you’re grocery shopping on a budget.
8. Browse Pantry
Before leaving to the grocery store, shop your pantry to ensure that you do not purchase unnecessary items that you already have.
9. Have a Plan
Having a plan, will allow you to avoid going into a grocery store blindly. By having a well thought out plan makes meal planning easier and prevents you from buying on an impulse which in turn keeps you focused on grocery shopping on a budget.
10. Plan Budget-Friendly Meals
Make budget-friendly meals your priority and embrace left-overs. While on the Whole30, left-overs were golden. Left-overs will help you resist the temptation of eating out and let’s be honest is a healthier option.
11. Store Hop
I understand that store hoping can get tiring but it’s so worth it when it comes to comparison shopping. I like to save money anyway I can. If it requires that I go to 5 different stores to complete my grocery shopping experience then that’s what I’m going to do in order to stay within my budget. For example, it’s hard for me to buy a spice blend for $4.50 when I know I can get it from a different store for $2.50 that’s just me.
I hope you find this list of creating a grocery budget helpful.
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What are some of your tips for grocery shopping on a budget? Tell me in the comment area below.
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