7 Smart Ways to Save Money on Food Shopping

Price of everything is rising. No matter who or what you blame. You always want to save bucks. If you are going to buy food then it is time to get an idea of 10 tips that help you save money on groceries. You will be able not only to save money but also to eat well. Let’s check details of them.

1.Make a list

It is better to decide your weekly menu. Ask your family members what they need for full week. When you plan ahead then it gives you a chance to keep an eye on best sale deals available in local and online store. You can easily save bucks by going to grocery sales or just to use some discount coupons. No matter what option you use, you get a chance to save bucks.

2.Eat Healthy Food

If you want to keep yourself healthy and have a desire of beautiful/fresh skin then you should eat healthy food. It has been observed that families who emphasize on dieting tend to spend less on extras such as high calories products, sweets, candies and other similar things. Less spending means less expense and thereby more money in saving account. So, if you also follow the healthy diet and minus extras, you surely get a chance to grow your savings. Know what are healthy food items and add them in your menu.

3.Buy from Farmers

If possible then you should contact with local farmers when you need produce. For example, you can contact farmers to ship you corn in season. You are able to get this corn at a very cheap price from the farmer.

4.Pack your lunch

Instead of buying things from a fast food club, you should try to keep your lunch with you. If you have food at home then pack it and carry with you. You don’t need to spend money, when you have packed food with you. Keep in mind that home food is always better than market food.

5.Use Coupons

If you read sunday newspaper then it is quite easy for you to find a lot of coupons. Don’t forget to save these coupons, so you can use them during your food shopping.

6.Buy Affordable Food Form

You are able to get food in many different forms like frozen, dried, powdered, canned, etc. It is a fact that frozen food is less expensive you can afford then easily. So, whenever you go for food shopping try to pick a form that not only fulfils your food need but also help you save money.

7.Focus on Less-Expensive Food

When you are going for weekly menu planning, you should make sure that you add some inexpensive food items in your meals. For example, you can add eggs, beans, tofu, legumes, etc. They are cheap but again they are the best substitute for expensive meat, fish or poultry.

Follow these tips and you will be able to save a lot of money on grocery shopping.

 

Is Shopping At Costco Really Saving You Money?

Hi, my name is Nelson, and I have a problem. I am addicted to going to Costco.

My Costco addiction is a relatively new thing. I spent almost a year between mid-2014 and mid-2015 living in South Korea, one of Costco’s newest expansion locations. Costco was the only place to find reasonably priced American products, so once per month or so the wife and I would take the bus out to our city’s only location, load up a cart, and then try (badly) to tell various Korean taxi drivers how to get us and our haul of groceries home.

The best part of Korean Costco? They had the exact same hot dogs as Costcos in North America. You don’t know how good a hot dog tastes when you’ve been eating nothing buy kimchi and weird flavored meat.

Now that we’re back in Canada, we’ve continued our Costco obsession. We continue to shop there because we like the prices, the service, the free samples, and the relatively easy access to our nearest location.

But are we really saving money by shopping there? I’m not sure. Here’s why I have my doubts.

The membership fee

From a business standpoint, charging people to get into your store is a terrific idea. Kudos to Costco for figuring out a way to make this happen. When you get $55 worth of pure profit before somebody even comes in the store, you’re definitely doing something right.

Charging for membership also all but ensures the company has created loyal shoppers. When you pay to join a store, you’re going to make sure you go often to justify the cost of membership. Costco does other things to make sure customers show up regularly too like the cheap snack bar, in-store unadvertised specials, and gasoline for approximately $0.10 per liter cheaper than competitors.

People who buy all of their groceries at Costco can easily justify paying a membership fee. People who only shop there occasionally are likely paying more for their groceries once we factor in the cost of the membership.

Overconsumption

Like most of you, I enjoy bacon. But I’m lazy, so I don’t want to make it whenever I want to add it to my baked potato, pasta, or sandwich. This is why bacon bits are quite possibly mankind’s greatest innovation.

My local Costco sells a big bag of 100% real bacon bits for $12.99 (if my memory serves me right). This bag has 567 grams of some of the most delicious bacon bits I have ever tasted. It gets opened approximately three hours after I get home from the store and gets used at least once a week thereafter.

I’ve bought three bags of these, and the same thing happens. I get about three quarters through and then the bacon bits at the bottom of the bag start growing mold. I don’t want to risk getting sick, so I throw the rest of the bag out.

It’s not just bacon bits. We intentionally don’t buy much produce at Costco because we know that even though we might be getting a good price on five pounds of lettuce, there’s no way just the two of us will eat all of it before it goes bad.

We tend to focus on buying things like toilet paper, dish soap, and other non-perishables at Costco. That way, we don’t have to worry about stuff going rotten before we can use it all up. You’re not saving money if you’re throwing stuff out.

Watch the sales

After carefully comparing prices at Costco versus more traditional competition, here’s what I’ve noticed. Costco definitely has better regular prices on just about everything in the store when compared to Wal-Mart, Loblaws, or other value-based grocery chains. You do tend to get a good deal if you shop in bulk.

But if you shop sale items at other stores you can do just as good — if not a little better — going around to other stores and buying up their loss leaders, the ultra-cheap stuff on the front cover of the flyer.

And remember, you won’t have to pay a $55 membership fee to do that. You will need to do a little extra driving, so factor that into your decision.

Conclusion

Costco is a great place to shop; I’m not about to stop going there anytime soon. I like the selection, the prices, the new items every time I go, and those delicious hot dogs. But I need to remember that I’m not necessarily saving money by shopping there.