Here’s a quick tip to save some money on groceries, though it may cost you in other ways.
Buying food in prepared or ready-to-eat packages is often really expensive! Instead, try buying fresh foods. As an example, carrots in pre-washed, pre-cut, and ready-to-eat form are MUCH more expensive than the bag of regular carrots. Buying flavored oatmeal (including sugar and spices) is much more expensive than buying the tub of oatmeal and adding your own sugar and spice. Buying cheese sticks is typically more expensive than buying a block of cheese. Fruit juice in serving-sized containers is more than a bottle of juice….There are examples of this on every aisles!
If you are willing and able to prepare your food when you are ready to eat, then you can take advantage of this major area of savings. Some of these “convenience-packaged” foods cost double – or even triple the cost of unprepared.
That said, it still may not make sense for you and your family.
When does saving money not make sense? When it is at the expense of eating healthy. Sometimes having a quick, healthy snack on hand is more important than saving money.
Next time you run to the store – think about it…COULD you prepare it yourself?