Live on Less – Money Saving Tips: 5 Tips to Eat Fresh On a Budget
Eating fresh food can be expensive, but here are 5 tips to find the best prices.
1. Plan you meals around sales. Check all of the sales each week. Buy your fresh food strictly based on what’s on sale. Plan your meals around what you can buy on sale each week. For example, one week, I got 7 cucumbers for $1. Guess what veggie I ate most of that week! I had cucumber salad, pasta salad with a diced cucumber, sliced cucumbers for snacks between meals, etc. This definitely forced me to be creative!
2. Look locally. Sometimes local products are the cheapest because local growers don’t pay high prices of mass transportation and packaging. Check your local farmer’s market for low-priced items such as fresh produce, breads, cheeses, and jams. Just remember your price point for each item and find the best deal.
3. Stay on the Edge. The edge of the supermarket, that is. The edge of the supermarket tends to display the freshest food. Because the freshest food also expires the fastest, stores must also sell these items faster. Often times you can find freshly sliced deli items, freshly shipped meats, homemade hummus, zesty bean dips, and other items.
4. Get to know your stores. Know what stores generally sell cheaper items. For example, I know my local health food store generally has the cheapest price for bananas. Unless I see bananas for less than .50 cents/lb in another store ad, I know I will always find them for .50 cents/lb at the health food store.
5. Plant a garden. Try planting a square-foot garden in a small yard space or growing sprouts from your kitchen.
Read the difference between “use by”, “sell by”, and “best if used by” dates.