Save your bacon with these amazing money hacks
1. Plan your Meal
To avoid overbuying, make a list of what you have on hand and what you need. Planning your meal ahead will save you money, so consider a weekly menu plan and how you will use your leftovers. Stick to that list when you go shopping, it will prevent you from costly impulse purchases. See the ads before leaving home and bring those money saving coupons with you. Remember you can also get them online.
2. Select healthy food
A recent study published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association concludes that eating healthy will save you money. Both pounds and food budget will decrease, by reducing portion sizes and purchasing less high-calorie foods. Besides, you can get more for the same money if you consider the nutritional value of food for the price. Another way to think this through is by comparing food prices with the number of servings expected.
3. Keep refrigerator and freezer inventories
Never forget about items that are out of sight. Keep a track of items in your fridge: you won’t be throwing away food you probably forgot you had bought weeks ago and you’ll avoid overbuying.
4. Buy produce in season
Food in season is priced to sell, so check the best buys for the week on your newspaper. Some products are cheaper for the season, but other times of the year they’re pretty expensive. Be on the lookout for deals on local products. Since they don’t include shipping costs, they will be less pricey.
5. Start your own garden
I know! It takes time, but with some practice and patience, you could be saving lots of money with your organic produce. Herbs are an alternative if you don’t have much space. If growing your own garden is not your thing, you can pick vegetables at someone else’s farm (with permission, of course).
6. Make your own lunch
By packing your lunch you will be saving money but also be in control of the ingredients that are healthy or low in calories. It’s a great opportunity to use leftovers as sandwiches, soups or salads.
7. Use frozen, canned or dried foods
Frozen, canned or dried foods may be less expensive than fresh food but they are equally nutritious. The advantage of using frozen foods is the ability of using only the amount you need and then returning it to the freezer.
8. Save on protein foods
Some vegetarian sources can replace other expensive meals. For instance, eggs are a cheap source of protein that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can also choose smaller portions when you buy meat or chicken.
9. Think before you throw away food
Don’t throw away all the food, think before tossing away! You can use leftover meats, vegetables in soups, salads or casseroles. How do you think most supermarkets and delis prepare their meals? Leftovers!
10. Buy generic brands
Look for cheaper versions of your favorite foods by taking store brands instead of the more expensive national brands. After all, the product is the same, you’re only paying for the cute packaging.