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Going grocery shopping can be a huge pain in the butt…. What should I buy? What about this? Will it go bad soon? Should I make my own ____ or buy it because it’s cheaper? It can feel like you’re running around in circles trying to figure out what to do. So, we put together a list of the 10 best ways people over 50 can save money on their groceries. These are tried and true, and will help you get your food budget under control….
1) Buy produce at farmers’ markets – You will usually find much fresher produce at these markets and they’ll also have lots of different varieties that you won’t find anywhere else. You can even grow some of your own produce, which will be super cheap. Make sure to check that the market has a good variety of each product you buy and that they’re fairly priced.
2) Get a free membership to your local fruit & veggie co-op – This is a community of people who all pay a little bit of money for the privilege of getting together and buying fresh produce at a cheaper price. One person buys it in bulk, passes on the savings to everyone else, and then they all get together at one location to dole out the food (that way you don’t have to cart it all home yourself). Most of the time there is a lot of produce at these markets, and it’s really cheap. If you’re part of a co-op, you can often get free or discounted produce as part of your membership.
3) Buy seasonal food in bulk – You can find new fruit and vegetables all winter long if you shop at grocery stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJs (see notes at the end). These are super cheap to buy in bulk because you’re getting rid of so much food that people don’t want anymore. Make sure you check the sales ads to see what’s currently on sale because there are usually some great deals during these times.
4) Buy more staples – One of the easiest ways to save a lot of money is to buy more staples. If you know what your family eats and shop for the most popular items, you will probably save a lot in the long run. These items are not only delicious but relatively inexpensive so you can make a lot of different meals that are really cheap if you have one staple item that you always make (tofu, beans, rice, etc).
You can have inexpensive dinners every night for under $5 per person if all your ingredients cost about $1 per serving. For example, a 9×13 pan of tofu costs about $2.50 to make and comes out to under $1 per serving so it’s one of our most inexpensive meals.
5) Buy food in bulk –There are some foods that you can’t get in bulk (like nuts) but there are many that you can. If you have a large family, consider getting a large drum of flour instead of buying it in smaller amounts at different times to save money. You can also buy larger quantities of lentils & beans, rice, or all-purpose flour because they’re cheaper in larger quantities.
6) Coupons – This is an obvious way to save money, but you need to make sure that you’re not spending a lot of time clipping and organizing coupons. There are hundreds out there! If you’re just getting started, see how easy it is to use this app where you can upload coupons directly from the store’s app (you don’t even have to print them out!) and it will automatically remind you if there’s a sale before your coupon expires.
You can also get them emailed directly to your phone with the deals of the week.
7) Shop online – A lot of grocery stores now have apps that track sales for in-store items as well as items available online only. If you shop online, be sure to check the store’s website and make sure the item is still on sale before you make your purchase.
8) Spend less on your weekly and monthly meal plan – You can save a lot of money by buying in bulk rather than multiple times per week/month. It’s easy to figure out how much you’ll use things in your pantry before making a purchase.
Also, put all of the ingredients for that week into one shopping list so you don’t have to buy as many things at different stores. Just create a meal plan with all the ingredients that you’ll need for that week and sort out which items are more expensive than others (e.g. meat vs. rice). You can always add in some cheaper options like oatmeal or other grains for breakfast or a vegetable side dish.
9) Re-purpose food – One of the easiest ways to save money on groceries is to re-purpose old food into a brand new meal (for example, turning leftover chicken into a chicken pot pie). This is a fun idea if you want to trick your kids into eating something they didn’t really love the first time (for example, veggie quiche made from leftover veggies!).
This way you’re not wasting any of your food and also getting an entirely new meal that you can serve as leftovers again.
10) Look for sales before you go to the store – You can find some great deals online if you know where to look. Just within the last week, I found that berries are on sale at Amazon, Kroger, and Walmart. So check the ads (they make it very easy to see what’s on sale every week so there’s no reason not to check!) before you make your shopping list. This way you know exactly what you need and where it’ll be on sale.
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