Delicious, Nutritious Shopping on a Shoestring
Is the economy getting you (and your wallet) down? Don't be deflated! Instead, try these tricks to trim your grocery shopping bill and still enjoy great-tasting, good-for-you foods.
Plan to save. Use our ad to plan nutritious menus based on each week's bargains. Make a shopping list and stick to it to avoid impulse purchases.
Don't forgo fruits and veggies. They have an unfair reputation for being "expensive," but their cost per serving is often far lower than less-nutritious snacks and sweets. Get the most from your produce by buying fresh fruits and veggies in season, and considering frozen and canned counterparts, which are just as nutritious.
Stock up on good deals. Some great candidates are fresh meat and poultry (freeze in recipe-size portions), canned and frozen foods, and whole-grain cereals and pastas (keep tabs on freshness dates).
Buy the size that suits you. It's smart to compare unit pricing to find the cheapest product. But a five-pound pack of ground beef that costs less per ounce isn't a steal if you can't use it all. If the cost savings for a large-size item is too good to pass up, freeze some or split it with a friend.
Get prepared. Pick up dinner from our prepared food section for a complete meal that's less expensive than eating out or ordering in. While you're at it, pick up fixings for brown bag lunches rather than buying lunch at a restaurant.
Be clever with coupons. These days, coupons are almost everywhere—online, in the Sunday paper, in the weekly store ad—even right in our aisles. But the money saved with coupons is only a bargain when used for items you really need. Score even bigger savings by using coupons for sale items.
Stretch expensive ingredients. For instance, rather than serving a large cut of beef for an entrée, use a smaller amount in a veggie-filled stew or stir fry.
Do it yourself.
Convenience foods are quick, but you pay the price. Trim your grocery bill by using a little elbow grease in the kitchen with ideas like these:
Skin and bone chicken breasts yourself.
Wash lettuce instead of buying the pre-washed, bagged type.
Cut up whole fruits and vegetables rather than the precut types.
Cook a pot of brown rice or dry beans to use in recipes. Freeze some to use later.
Shred a reduced-fat block of cheese, rather than buying shredded cheese.