Is the price of your grocery bill driving you mad? I know the feeling. There are many more things I would rather spend our money on, trust me! But I’ve figured out some great ways to save money on groceries while still being able to prepare delicious meals for the whole family.
These are my thrifty tips for savings money at the grocery store.
Start buying more eggs
Instead of having meat in your meals every night, use eggs, instead. They are an extremely versatile food – think scrambled, fried, boiled or poached eggs with rice and worcestershire sauce, steamed vegetables or toast. Plus, eggs are full of protein, so you won’t be missing out on any nutrients. Another simple meal you can make with eggs and bread? French toast. The options are endless.
Get more out of rotisserie chickens
Buying a whole roasted chicken and using it for meals throughout the week is a fantastic way to get more bang for your buck at the grocery store. Use the meat to make casseroles, salads and chicken sandwiches. Use the bones to make chicken stock. Simply add the bones to a few litres of boiling water with chopped onion, garlic and seasonings and simmer for an hour. Then, strain the liquid and place into the freezer in plastic containers. Voila, homemade chicken stock! (And it tastes better than store bought stock, too).
Buy dried beans, not canned
Dried beans are much cheaper than their canned counterparts – they simply require a little extra preparation. Worth it, if you ask me! If you like, you can cook dried beans in bulk in a crockpot and freeze for later.
Use your crockpot more often
Instead of buying expensive cuts of meat, buy the cheap cuts and cook them in a crockpot during the day. When cooked on low over a longer period of time, they will turn out just as tender and delicious as the more expensive options.
Freeze throwaway food
Don’t throw soft vegetables away! Often, foods that perish quickly can be frozen and turn out good-as-new. Try cutting up a soft bell pepper and freezing in a zip lock bag to use in omelettes, chili or pasta sauces. And overripe bananas? Never throw those in the trash. Use spotty bananas in banana bread, or cut up and freeze to use in smoothies – frozen banana pieces will add a beautifully smooth, creamy texture to your drink.
Buy frozen fruit and vegetables
Speaking of frozen food, start buying frozen fruit and vegetables when they are on sale. These are just as good as fresh produce, and cost much less. Try shopping for things like broccoli, peas, cauliflower and carrots in the frozen aisle. If you like fresh berries in your smoothies, try buying them frozen. You won’t notice the difference – your smoothie will just taste colder, which is a win in my book!
Shop on Wednesdays
Wednesdays are when the grocery store’s deals from last week and this week are both on. Make the most of both sales and do your week’s worth of shopping on Wednesdays – you’ll save a bundle on double the products.
What do you think of my money-saving tips? Let me know in the comments below!