If there’s an easy way to consistently blow your household budget, it’s the grocery bill. For optimum health, eating nutritious food is a necessity, but at what cost? With healthy options usually at a premium, these tips from Narendra Singh, assistant branch manager at the Sunshine Hills branch of Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, will help you keep your grocery bill in check.
Create a meal plan for every day of the week and only buy what you need to make those meals. Also, be mindful of how much each meal costs. If you want to indulge in a sophisticated dish that uses more expensive ingredients, balance it out with cost-efficient meals on other days.
Curb the urge to buy on impulse.
Resist impulsive purchases like chips or donuts you really don’t need. Easier said than done? Follow these tactics to keep yourself from grabbing goodies on a whim:
- Stick to the outside aisles. The most nutritious items are located around the perimeter of any grocery store, whereas the processed “junk” foods are located on the interior aisles.
- Shop online. With online grocery shopping, you can see your total cost before you pay. This can be more effective than shopping in-store and helps you order only what you need.
- Shop once a week only. Unplanned visits can quickly add up.
Shop at local produce stands.
Produce stands are specialized and offer your produce at a lower price than you’ll typically find at the grocery store.