If you are a retiree on a fixed income or just trying to save up for something–you can always save money on food. The following six tips will help to save you money.
- Always make a list. Set aside time and go through your recipes and stock supplies. When you’ve made a list, check your newspaper for sales. As a result, you will be less likely to buy unneeded items that increases your food bill.
- Be open to generics. As with most generic items, some just don’t have the same taste as their originals. It is good to try out a smaller version of the item and if it tastes ok to you, then keep buying it. A good way to tell if the generic item you’re buying is worth it is to read the label, and compare it to the name brand (if the generic lists water as the first ingredient, then that’s what you are mostly buying. It is a matter of finding the best one that works for you and saves you money over time over name brand goods.
- Shop on a full stomach. Basically, if you shop when you are hungry, you are much more likely to buy items you do not need. Make sure that you’re well hydrated and have eaten when you shop.
- Clip the coupons! In order to maximize your savings, only clip items that you would buy anyway, combine store discounts or coupons with manufacturer’s coupons, and shop on “double coupon” days. In reality, saving just a few dollars a week from coupons can really add up over time.
- Avoid pre-packaged meals if you can. Pre-packaged meals generally cost more because you’re paying for their prep work and packaging; not to mention they’re full of preservatives and generally not healthy for you. So less packaging, means healthier foods for you.
- Check the unit price on every item. Sometimes smaller items cost less. Don’t just assume that the larger size is the better deal, and keep in mind how long an item will last for consumption.
Following those six tips will save you money and result in a healthier lifestyle in the process.
Credit source: ‘The FrugalRetiree.com’ by Kerry Hook.